January 30, 2015
by Emelina Perez
UN rights experts on Friday urged the Omani government to release Said Ali Said Jadad, a human rights activist. Jadad, who promoted democratic reforms, was arrested last week with no warrant and charged with undermining the prestige of the state, inciting demonstrations, steering up sectarian ...[read more]
January 15, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Wednesday announced the transfer of five Guantanamo detainees. Four of the men went to Oman and one to Estonia, the first time each nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement. Their release is the latest effort of the Obama administration to ...[read more]
March 9, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
On Sunday the Oman Court of First Instance sentenced the former executive of Galfar Engineering and Contracting, Muhammad Ali, to 15 years in prison and a fine of 1.7 million Omani rials for conviction in five cases of graft. A similar sentence along with a smaller fine was given to Ali's deputy ...[read more]
July 20, 2013
by Andrew Morgan
font size='3'>The conflict in Libya arose out of protests beginning February 15, 2011, in the eastern city of Benghazi. The protest came as part of a wider protest movement, popularly referred to as the Arab Spring, that spread throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The Arab Spring came to ...[read more]
March 24, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday praised Oman's Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al-Said's decision to pardon all activists and writers convicted last year for insulting the ruler, information technology crimes and taking part in unauthorized protests. Qaboos issued the pardon on Thursday and AI ...[read more]
March 18, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
The Omani Appeal Court on Sunday granted bail to eight out of 11 political protestors charged with "illegal gathering with the intention of provoking a riot" and "blocking the flow of traffic" under Oman's penal code. Omani authorities detained the men in June for participating in peaceful sit-ins ...[read more]
September 17, 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth
An Omani blogger was sentenced to one year of imprisonment by a Muscat court on Sunday and must pay a fine of 1,000 Omani Rials (USD $2,600). The blogger, Mukhtar bin Mohammed bin Saif al-Hinai, was convicted on charges of slander and violating the country's information technology laws. Al-Hinai ...[read more]
July 17, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
An Omani court on Monday sentenced six human rights activists to between 12 and 18 months in prison for social media posts that were deemed to be slander against the country's ruler, a defense lawyer said on Tuesday. Badr al-Bahri announced that he will appeal the verdict against his clients who ...[read more]
June 26, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
An Omani court on Monday began a hearing against protesters who have been accused of defamation and illegal assembly, according to a local newspaper. The Omani authorities have detained more than 30 individuals who have been protesting against the government demanding political reform, promoting ...[read more]
June 15, 2012
by Max Slater
The Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) urged the government of Oman on Tuesday to stop arresting protesters and other activists who are calling for political reform. According to the GCHR, many of the Omani citizens who have been arrested have advocated for political reforms, promoted human ...[read more]

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