Three protesters have been released in Oman, having spent six months in prison for their involvement in protests in 2011. Khaled al-Hamboli, Ali Bakhit al-Badi and Ali al-Gaithi were released from prison on 31 January.

Oman experienced protests last year as part of the Arab uprisings. While a handful of protests were held in the capital, the industrial city of Sohar was the focal point for activism.

In February 2011, protesters gathered in Sohar and blocked roads. The three men were arrested and sentenced to six months in prison for obstructing traffic.

Meanwhile in Sumayil Central prison, a hunger strike by 23 inmates has been suspended.