Sultanate of Oman.  Editorial credit: Bernhard Klar /


Oman is a hereditary monarchy, and power is concentrated in the hands of Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said, who has ruled since 1970. The regime restricts virtually all political rights and civil liberties, imposing criminal penalties for criticism and dissent.

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Freedom in the World — Oman Country Report

Oman is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide.