President Obama should urge the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to show greater respect for human rights when he meets them on May 13 and 14, 2015, to discuss partnership and security, Human Rights Watch said today.
I write in anticipation of your meeting with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) on May 13 and 14, 2015 to urge that you press them to show greater respect for their citizens’ rights to free expression, association, peaceful assembly, and nationality.
An Oman court on March 8, 2015, sentenced a human rights activist to three years in prison for his writings. Said Jaddad, 48, a prominent pro-reform blogger, is being held at the detention facility in the southern city of Salalah.
Oman’s last UPR took place in January 2011, approximately a month before thousands of Omanis took to the streets in cities throughout the country in protests that continued into 2012. Authorities used excessive force against protestors, interfering with freedom of expression and assembly, and arrested and prosecuted people for participating in the protests, though charges were dropped against some of them and some others were later pardoned.