News from Oman

Oman: Many books confiscated during 23rd Muscat International Book Fair


Authorities in Oman confiscated a large number of books during the Muscat International Book Fair held from 21 February 2018 to 03 March 2018. The authorities gave no reason for confiscating these books…

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Oman: New penal code targets activists and public freedoms


On 11 January 2018, Royal Decree No. 7/2018 signed by Sultan Qaboos bin Said, containing the provisions of the new Penal Code, was published in the Official Gazette on 14 January 2018 to come into effect…

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Oman: Court of Appeal again upholds the sentence against Internet activist Hassan Al-Basham


On 19 November 2017, the Court of Appeal in Muscat, Oman again upheld the initial verdict of three years in prison to which Internet activist Hassan Al-Basham was initially sentenced by the Court of First…

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Oman: “Azamn” journalist Yousef Al-Haj released from prison while newspaper remains closed


The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) welcomes the news that journalist Yousef Al-Haj, Deputy Editor of “Azamn” newspaper, was released in Oman on 23 October 2017 at the end of his sentence.…

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Oman: Supreme Court ruling closes “Azamn” newspaper forever


The Supreme Court of Oman issued on Thursday, 05 October 2017, a final ruling on the closure of "Azamn" newspaper, ending the paper’s fight to reopen and shuttering it permanently. “Azamn”…

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Oman: Writer Mansour Al-Mahrazi awaiting appeal following three-year prison sentence


Reports received by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) confirmed that the trial of the writer and researcher Mansour Bin Nasser Al-Mahrazi is ongoing in connection to two books he wrote in 2014 and…

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