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Mohammed Al-Shahri

HRD, Journalist

What occurs in Oman during elections? The people elect parliamentarians who were selected by Government.

Mohammed Shahri has been active in the campaigns to release other Omani human rights defenders and activists, and was threatened by the authorities for his work to help release Saeed Jidad. Mohammed is also an author, and has also been outspoken about government corruption and the lack of free and fair elections in Oman.

Many HRDs are subject to harassment, arbitrary detention, and torture in detention. Hundreds of academics, journalists and commentators have been arrested, charged and at times kept in incommunicado detention for taking parts in protests or criticising Sultan Qaboos. HRDs remain under constant surveillance by the security services and are subject to summons for questioning by security officials. Independent human rights organizations are not permitted to operate within the country. Besides the Penal Code, the Information Technology law and the Press and Publications law are widely used to silence human rights defenders and independent voices.


Mohammed Al-Shahri Testimony - 2015 Dublin Platform