Posted 2014/7/15

Oman – Incommunicado detention of human rights defender Mr Noah Saadi

On 12 July 2014, human rights defender Mr Noah Saadi was arbitrarily detained by the national security intelligence agency of Oman, the Internal Security Service (ISS), and is being held incommunicado in the Special Section of the Omani Police in Muscat.

Noah Saadi (known on social media as “Al-Moheeb Al-Saadi”) is a blogger and social media activist. He advocates for human rights in Oman by organising peaceful protests as well as communicating information through social media platforms and with organisations.

Prior to his detention on 12 July 2014, Noah Saadi was summoned to appear before the Special Section of the Omani Police in Muscat the following morning (13 July 2014). He agreed by telephone to attend. However, on the evening of 12 July 2014, ISS agents stopped Noah Saadi's car on his way home in Shinas and detained him without giving any reasons for his arrest.

On 14 July 2014, Noah Saadi's father went to the Special Section of the Omani Police in Muscat and was informed that the human rights defender was being held there. However, his father was prevented from contacting him or from obtaining any further information pertaining to the reasons for detention. Further, Noah Saadi does not have access to a lawyer while in detention.

On 13 September 2011, Noah Saadi was arrested for criticising Omani authorities on his blog following the arrest of Dr Talib al-Maa’mari, a Shura Council member who had participated in anti-pollution protests. At that time, Noah Saadi was held incommunicado and denied access to legal representation. Noah Saadi had previously been arrested for his participation in peaceful protests demanding jobs and an end to corruption in Sohar in 2011.

Front Line Defenders is concerned at the incommunicado detention of Noah Saadi, as it is solely related to his peaceful and legitimate work as a blogger and social media activist demanding justice and human rights.

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