Human Rights Monitor is closely following the case of Omani human rights activist tried for a range of offences including undermining the prestige of the state, inciting the public to join an illegal gathering and using the Internet to publish materials that disturb public order.
Saeed Jedad is a victim of Omani's authority and violations practiced against any entity which calls for freedom and opposes oppression since his referral to court is targeted against all practicing human rights activities.
Jedad was arrested December 10 last year by Omani security forces without a warrant and remained detained for seven days after a meeting he attended at the UN office a month earlier.He was also banned from traveling to attend a human rights workshop in Turkey and was again arrested on January 14 after security forces stormed his home. To date he remains behind bars.
Oman's preliminary court in Muscat has sentenced him to three years behind bars and fined him 1700 Omani riyals after he was accused of undermining the prestige of the state, inciting the public to join an illegal gathering and using the Internet to publish materials that disturb public order.
On March 31st, he was tried again in South Oman and given a year sentence and a 1000 riyal fine after he was charged with fabricating information.
HRM expresses its concern regarding the deteriorating status of his health including a longstanding heart condition especially since he has engaged in an open ended hunger strike since January 21st in protest of his arbitrary detention. It holds the Omani authority fully responsible for his wellbeing.
Oman authority's violates the freedom of expression which is a basic human right as stipulated in all international and national conventions. Moreover it asserts that Oman is set on gagging the mouths of any opposition and this is evident in the arbitrary arrest of Saad Jedad human rights activist. HRM also expresses its fears regarding the deteriorating standard of human rights in Oman especially with its gag order policy apparent in the country as civilians fear to express their opinions in case of detention and arrest.