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The situation of human rights in Oman is not well publicized.

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Universal Human Rights

This will always be a huge challenge for countries where there is a hereditary ruler and the press do not enjoy absolute freedom. For Oman, the toughest litmus test is probably Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights[1], that everyone (male and female) has the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Given that this right includes 'free access to any media regardless of frontiers', the Sultanate's decision to ban gay and lesbian material on sites like Youtube [2] will keep them outside 'mainstream freedom' until there is a significant change of thinking among the incumbent government.

Children's rights

There are no reports of child prostitution in Oman.[3] Child labor is not a problem.[3] In 2003, the government raised the minimum age to work from 13 to 15 years of age.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ Article 19 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  2. ^ Sultanate's decision to ban gay and lesbian material on sites like Youtube
  3. ^ a b c Oman - U.S. State Department's 2005 Country Report on Human Rights Practices

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