Human Rights Award for Sultan Qaboos of Oman

Human Rights Award for Sultan Qaboos of Oman

Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. Photo painting Courtesy: Shaker Jalal

Muscat, Oman- The Omani Sovereign Sultan Qaboos Bin Said is conferred the Arab International Award 2016 by the Oslo-based Arab-European Centre of Human Rights and International Law (AECHRIL).

The award is in recognition of the Sultan’s great efforts and noble contributions in the field of enhancing and promoting human rights at the local, Arab and international levels, according to AECHRIL. H H Sayyid As’ad Bin Tariq Al Said received the award from AECHRIL Secretary General Aihan Jaf when he was received in Tariq’s office in Muscat on Monday.

It is significant to note that AECHRIL was established in 2006 in Norway as an initiative from those with experiences in human rights issues. It is a non-government and non-profit organization.

The organisation’s interest lie in defending and promoting natural, religious and legal human rights in the Middle East and Arab societies. The AECHRIL stands for development and promotion of respect for human rights and abolition of sectarian, religious, national, ethnic and racial discrimination.

As a resident of Oman for two decades now, it is my good fortune to witness and enjoy a peaceful life without any sectarian, ethnic or religious strife. His Majesty Sultan Qaboos’ policy of moderation in all aspects of human life has endeared him not only to the Omani citizens but also to the residents of Oman and the international community. He granted pardon even to those who did not favor his policies. He has reduced prison sentences of many prisoners on numerous occasions. He truly deserves the Global Arab Award for human rights.