Who We Are

The Omani Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (OCHRD-Oman) began its work in February 2013 as the first independent Omani human rights organization established abroad under the name of the Omani Observatory for Human Rights. The OCHRD was founded by human rights activist and writer Nabhan Al-Hanshi. In March 2017, the OCHRD was officially registered in the United Kingdom. It started by documenting violations in Oman and publishing annual reports alongside its work with international human rights organizations. In 2017, the OCHRD expanded its work to include not only documentary work but also awareness-raising activities in various fields such as women’s rights, labour rights, environment, journalism, and other areas. The OCHRD has produced several reports, including annual reports since 2013, as well as legal reports such as a critical study of the updated Omani Penal Code issued in 2018, and other legal reports addressing the legal framework in Oman, whether personal status law, nationality law, or others. Additionally, the OCHRD has been committed to providing support letters for Omani asylum seekers, whether in the United Kingdom, Europe, or the United States.


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