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Gulf / Qatar dispute: Human dignity trampled and families facing uncertainty as sinister deadline passes

Thousands of people in the Gulf face the prospect of their lives being further disrupted and their families torn apart as new arbitrary measures announced by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the context of their dispute with Qatar are due to come into force from today, said Amnesty International. The three Gulf states had given their citizens the deadline of 19 June to leave Qatar and return to their respective countries or face fines and other unspecified consequences.

Date:
19 June 2017
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  • Oman
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Wire Magazine April-June 2017: Voices from Kenya

In this April issue, we hear the voices of people from all over the globe speaking up to support human rights. Be inspired by an exiled human rights defender from Oman and by five women who are fighting for women’s rights. You will also hear about refugees who urged people on social media to take action to promote solutions to the global refugee crisis. Images from our video on the Syrian Saydnaya prison illustrate how inmates are being tortured and killed – we must demand this to end.

Date:
1 April 2017
Ref:
NWS 21/5890/2017
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GCC summit: Systematic clampdown on freedom of expression in Gulf

The appalling human rights records of states in the Gulf must not be swept under the carpet when member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) gather in the Bahraini capital, Manama, this week (6-7 December) for their annual summit, said Amnesty International today. Human rights will be notably absent from the agenda at the annual meeting when the six GCC states - Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) - come together to discuss trade and security cooperation, with no mention of the widespread crackdown witnessed across the region on the grounds of security.

Date:
5 December 2016
  • Research
  • Oman
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Oman: End crackdown on peaceful dissent

Amnesty International has today called on the Omani authorities to immediately put a halt to the deteriorating human rights situation in the country, namely their systemic crackdown on the rights to freedom of expression and association, including the immediate release of all prisoners of conscience and the quashing of sentences of persons convicted for the sole exercise of their right to freedom of expression.

Date:
18 November 2016
Ref:
MDE 20/5175/2016
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  • Oman
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Oman: Journalists detained for reporting on corruption

Oman’s authorities have carried out a string of journalist arrests in recent weeks signalling a growing crackdown on freedom of expression in the country, said Amnesty International. Three journalists from Azamn daily newspaper have been detained in connection with an article highlighting allegations of corruption in the Omani judiciary published on 26 July. The most recent arrest of the Deputy Editor in Chief, Youssef al-Haj, took place yesterday.

Date:
10 August 2016