Muscat – The sultanate, through Oman Human Rights Commission (OHRC), has completed its application for Category ‘A’ status within the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI).
The International Accreditation Commission will review the application in October, with a decision expected by March 2024.
Sharing the prerequisites for this classification with ONA, Sheikh Abdullah bin Shuwain al Hosni, Chairman of OHRC, informed that a key requirement is Oman’s adherence to fundamental agreements and the Paris Principles, which set standards for national institutions dedicated to promoting and protecting human rights.
Hosni emphasised a recent Royal Decree that gave OHRC enhanced power and authority. This move, he noted, significantly bolsters Oman’s bid for an ‘A’ rating. Notably, the decree ensures full autonomy in selecting its president and vice- president. Additionally, government representatives in the committee no longer possess voting rights on its decisions.
Oman has ratified seven international human rights conventions. This not only amplifies the role of OHRC in its pursuit of Category A status within GANHRI, but also underscores Oman’s dedication to upholding international human rights conventions and treaties.
As of April 2023, GANHRI’s membership included 120 institutions: 88 with ‘A’ status and 32 with ‘B’.