Oman: Striking oil company workers subject to govt. repression, threats of military force

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31 May 2012

Oman: Three activists detained in a labor strike; prisoners of conscience in solitary confinement

Author: Arabic Network for Human Rights Information [Oman]

Nearly 4000 workers in oil companies in Fohoud oil field in the desert have been on strike since May 24. Press reports have been released about measures these companies are taking in cooperation with the Omani government and security services to repress and deter the workers by wrongful termination, threatening of military force, cease of electric, water, and food supplies...

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3 June 2012

Oilfield strikers in Oman return to work

Author: Gulf News

Some 400 Omani workers, who were dismissed for their role in a strike that threatened to cripple the sultanate’s oil industry last week, were reinstated on the intervention of the country’s elected Shura Council...the private firms agreed to take back the dismissed employees after obtaining undertakings from them apologising for their actions and pledging not to breach labour laws again...Meanwhile, a small group of Omani activists held a sit-in outside the offices of the Public Prosecution in the protest the continued detention of three well-known human rights campaigners arrested by authorities at the height of the oilfield strike.

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