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Human Rights Concerns

Demonstrations in February and March 2011 led to the use of excessive force by Omani security forces and at least two protesters were killed.  On March 29, dozens of protestors were arrested and subsequently held incommunicado.

There has been a very gradual opening of the political process in Oman in recent years, including the participation of women. A round up of dozens of suspected opponents of the government at the beginning of 2005, and their subsequent sentencing to jail terms, has signaled that the tolerance of the government for dissent has limits. The death penalty remains on the books, though executions are rare.

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August 10, 2016 • Press Release

Journalists detained for reporting on corruption in Oman

Oman’s authorities have carried out a string of journalist arrests in recent weeks signaling a growing crackdown on freedom of expression in the country, said Amnesty International.

February 22, 2016 • Press Release

Amnesty International’s Annual State of the World Report Slams Governments, Including the U.S., for Global Assault on Freedoms

On the launch of its 2015 State of the World report, Amnesty International USA urged President Obama to use his last year in office to bring U.S. laws and policies in line with international human rights standards.

February 18, 2016 • Report

Amnesty International State of the World 2015-2016

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 18, 2016 • Press Release

Your rights in jeopardy, global assault on freedoms, warns Amnesty International

International protection of human rights is in danger of unravelling as short-term national self-interest and draconian security crackdowns have led to a wholesale assault on basic freedoms and rights, warned Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world. “Your rights are in jeopardy: they are being treated with utter contempt by many governments around the world,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

February 25, 2015 • Report

State of the World 2014/2015

This has been a devastating year for those seeking to stand up for human rights and for those caught up in the suffering of war zones. Governments pay lip service to the importance of protecting civilians. And yet the world's politicians have miserably failed to protect those in greatest need. Amnesty International believes that this can and must finally change.

May 23, 2013 • Report

Annual Report: Oman 2013

Sultanate of Oman Head of state and government Sultan Qaboos bin Over 30 human rights activists and government critics became prisoners of conscience after they were arrested, charged with using social media to insult the Sultan or committing other security-related offences, and sentenced to up to 18 months in prison. Background There was sporadic labour …

July 13, 2011 • Report

Annual Report: Oman 2011

Head of state and government: Sultan Qaboos bin Said Death penalty: retentionist Population: 2.9 million Life expectancy: 76.1 years Under-5 mortality (m/f): 14/13 per 1,000 Adult literacy: 86.7 per cent Several bloggers who criticized the government were assaulted or detained. The State Security Court was abolished and a new law against financing terrorism took effect. …

May 18, 2011 • Press Release

Amnesty International Seeking Whereabouts of Detained Protesters in Oman

(New York) – Amnesty International today demanded that authorities in Oman reveal where and why they are holding six people arrested during a recent peaceful protest in Muscat, the capital, as more than two dozen others faced trial on protest-related charges.

May 18, 2011 • Press Release

Oman must charge or release detained protesters

The Omani authorities must say where and why they are holding some six people arrested during a recent peaceful protest in the capital Muscat as more than two dozen others faced trial on protest-related charges.

May 18, 2011 • Press Release

Oman must charge or release detained protesters

The Omani authorities must say where and why they are holding some six people arrested during a recent peaceful protest in the capital Muscat as more than two dozen others faced trial on protest-related charges.