Oman: Detainees:Written question - 281040

Asked by Chris Law
(Dundee West)
Asked on: 23 July 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Oman: Detainees
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to verify assurances given by the Government of Oman that (a) there is no discrimination against the Shuhuh 6 and (b) the arrest of the Shuhuh 6 was conducted with respect for human rights.
Answered by: Dr Andrew Murrison
Answered on: 30 July 2019

Officials in London met a UK-based Non-Governmental Organisation to listen to their concerns about the Shihuh and Oman on 15 July. I have also raised this issue with the Omani authorities, as has our Ambassador in Muscat. We are aware that human rights authorities in Oman have responded directly to Amnesty International with a detailed reply regarding one of their reports. Omani authorities have given us the strongest assurances that the individuals concerned were given full legal assistance and treated in accordance with Oman’s constitution and international laws and conventions. There is no evidence of discrimination against the Shihuh more generally, many of whom occupy senior positions in the Omani state and wider society. We continue to monitor developments closely.

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