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Oman has recently ratified two major human rights conventions the United Nations Convention against Torture (UNCAT), the United Nations Convention on Enforced Disappearances (UNCED).
The accession to those major international Human Rights treaties took place in the view of the upcoming UPR-session originally scheduled on November 5, 2020, which has been postponed, as a result of the current COVID-19 situation, to January 2021. During previous UPR-sessions the ratification of the UNCAT and the UNCED has been persistently recommended by the Alkarama foundation.

Geneva (February 12, 2018) – The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has  today published an Opinion on the high-profile case of Om

On October 23, 2017, Omani journalist Yousuf Al Balouchi – known under the pen name of Yousuf Al Haj – was released from the Central Prison in Muscat after being detained for one year as a result of an article denouncing corruption at the Supreme Court level. Just weeks before his release, Al Zaman newspaper, where Al Haj was working at the time of his arrest, was permanently shut down by the authorities following a long legal dispute.

Our concerns
  • - Restrictions on freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly;
  • - Systematic practice of arbitrary detention of human rights defenders and political activists;
  • Reprisals against peaceful activists under the pretext of “harming the prestige of the State”, “unlawful assembly” or collaboration with international organisations.


Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
ICCPR Ratified ?
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
UNCAT Ratified ?
UNCAT Ratification Date
UNCAT Art 20 (confidential inquiries) ratified ?
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
ICPPED Ratified ?
ICPPED Ratification Date
Human Rights Council
Date last Universal Period Review (UPR)
UPR Next Review
National Human Rights Institution
Accreditation with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)