Oman's Sultan Qaboos: a classy despot | Brian Whitaker | Opinion | The Guardian
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in Oman face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Homosexuality in the Sultanate of Oman is illegal according to §§, 33 and. As an Islamic nation, the sultanate is steeped in tradition and religion. Same- sex relations are forbidden by Article of the Omani Penal. His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said has in his wisdom Oman has always made an effort to have good relations with Oh and, unsurprisingly, Oman isn't exactly too keen on the whole homosexuality thing.
All this results in Oman and its sultan generally getting a sympathetic press.'PRETTY BOY' Award Winning LGBT Short Film (2017)
Last weekend, though, overshadowed by events in Libya, there were disturbances in Sohar Oman's second city along with more peaceful demonstrations elsewhere in the country. Protesters' complaints were the familiar ones heard these days in most of the Arab countries: But there's another problem too.
Even if Qaboos is a Britain-friendly, music-loving ruler with benevolent intentions he is none the less a despot. He doesn't tolerate criticism and his citizens have very few rights. They can't, for instance, hold a public meeting without the government's approval. Anyone who wants to set up a non-governmental organisation of any kind needs a licence.
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To get it, they have to demonstrate that the organisation is "for legitimate objectives" and not "inimical to the social order". What they lack in square mileage, they make up in obscurity. Oman is a pretty huge deal. By all accounts, it is the lynchpin keeping the entire Gulf Area from turning into an even bigger clusterfuck than it already is. Stuart Yellop is an expat English teacher living in Oman, and he says that: Anyway, some of my friends seemed to think that being in Oman involves settling in a tent, riding a camel to work, and living in constant fear of terrorist bombing.
His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said has in his wisdom ensured that Oman is like the Islamic Switzerland, neutral in all international disputes. Reasons for this are obvious: For example, inOman organized nuclear peace talks between Iran, the United States, and the European Union, after years of stepping between America and Iran and telling both countries to just cool it for a little bit.
Oman's Sultan Qaboos: a classy despot
We thank you for your attention. It seems it may be blocked online but circulating in print. It was only a few fleeting moments on a camping trip with some family members close to his native village just outside Muscat. He spent the next nine years of his life wondering about that night and the recurring feelings he tried hard to bury under his externally happy demeanour.
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My friends and I shared many passions like cars and football. But then I could tell there were other people that I met and knew who were definitely going through the same thing. His cousin went on to get married and Haitham said, that experience, to him was merely a sexual encounter.
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But that chance encounter helped me eventually recognise who I was. She is relatively new to Oman and she had her reservations when she was offered a job in this country. After all, you hear horror stories coming out of countries like Saudi Arabia.