Target: His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Sa’id, Head of State and Prime Minister
Goal: Drop charges against hunger-striking Omani prisoner and get him the medical care he so desperately needs.
Saeed Jaddad, a middle-aged businessman who has called for governmental reforms on his blog and Facebook account, has been held in prison because of his political beliefs. He is on a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment, and his health is quickly failing. Sign the petition demanding that the Omani authorities ensure that he has access to the medical care he so desperately needs and calling for his immediate release.
Jaddad is in dire need of medical attention. He is refusing all foods, including liquids, and has also stopped taking his heart medication as part of his hunger strike. He was transferred to a hospital two days after his hunger strike began. Two days after that, the police demanded he be released so they could fly him to his trial in Muscat, some 540 miles away. When his doctor refused, a police-appointed doctor was brought in to examine Jaddad. That doctor also recommended against moving Jaddad, but the police disregarded the recommendation. Jaddad was brought to court on a stretcher.
Jaddad is being tried for “undermining the status and prestige of the state,” and he is also being brought up (in a separate hearing) on charges under Oman’s cyber crimes law. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained simply for peacefully expressing his political beliefs, and he must be released immediately. In the meantime, he is in dire need of medical care and must be able to access it. Sign the petition and demand justice for Saeed Jaddad.
I am writing to express my grave concern for the health of Saeed Jaddad, who is currently imprisoned in Muscat while being tried for “undermining the status and prestige of the state.” Jaddad is on a hunger strike to protest his detention and is in dire need of urgent medical care. Furthermore, he is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for the peaceful expression of his political beliefs, and must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Jaddad, a businessman who called for governmental reforms on his Facebook page and personal blog, began a hunger strike two days after his arrest. He was quickly transferred to Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah for medical attention, as in addition to food he was refusing liquids and his heart medication. His condition is quickly deteriorating, to the point where his doctor advised police not to move him to Muscat for his trial. A second police-appointed doctor made the same recommendation, but Jaddad was nevertheless flown to Muscat and brought to court on a stretcher. He remains imprisoned instead of hospitalized.
Jaddad needs medical attention immediately; it is truly a matter of life and death. Furthermore, it is imperative that the government release him, as he is a prisoner of conscience whose only “crime” has been to peacefully exercise his right to freedom of expression. Please do the right thing: Release Saeed Jaddad, drop the charges against him, and give him the medical care he so desperately needs.
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