Oman: Oman: Travel ban imposed on human rights defender Saed Jadad

03.11.14

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) is very concerned about the ongoing targeting of prominent human rights defender Saed Jadad in Oman.

On the morning of 31 October 2014, while Saed Jadad was on his way to get a flight to Istanbul via Doha, a plain clothes security personnel told him that a travel is imposed on him since last July although he was never informed about it. When asked about the reason he was told it’s by order of the Public Prosecutor. Reliable reports suggested that the Special Branch of Omani police in Muscat is behind the travel ban.

Saed Jadad is a long-standing, prominent human rights defender in Oman. He was instrumental in organizing and leading pro-reform protests in Dhofar in 2011 and has spoken publicly to crowds of up to 20,000 people. He used to be an active blogger and has signed several petitions calling for reform in Oman. He has also been active in seeking information in relation to the death of his son who died 17 years ago in the Sultan hospital in Salalah.

The GCHR believes that this travel ban has been imposed on Saed Jadad as a result of his human rights activities, in particular his repeated calls for reform in Oman.

The Gulf Centre for Human Rights urges the authorities in Oman to:

  1. Ensure that Saed Jadad is free to travel to and from Oman without interference by authorities;
  2. Immediately and unconditionally stop targeting Saed Jadad;
  3. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Oman are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment. 

The GCHR respectfully reminds you that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognizes the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of reprisals. We would particularly draw your attention to Article 5 (c): “For the purpose of promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms, everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, at the national and international levels: (c) To communicate with non-governmental or intergovernmental organizations“ and to Article 6 (c): “Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others: (c) To study, discuss, form and hold opinions on the observance, both in law and in practice, of all human rights and fundamental freedoms and, through these and other appropriate means, to draw public attention to those matters“.