Articles for Jordan

On November 9, 2017, following its review of the current human rights situation in Jordan, the UN Human Rights Committee (HR Committee) published its concluding observations, raising concerns over the human rights violations committed under the pretext of counter-terrorism, the issue of torture and the treatment of refugees, among other issues.

After being disappeared for two months and subjected to torture and ill-treatment over the course of his three-month detention, Ramsi Suleiman, a 39-year-old pharmacist, was released without charge on August 17, 2017 from the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) premises in Amman.

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an Opinion calling for the immediate release of 20-year-old Hatem Al Darawsheh, who is currently detained in a maximum-security prison following an unfair trial before Jordan’s State Security Court (SSC).

Ahead of Jordan’s fifth periodic review on October 19 and 20, 2017, Alkarama submitted its shadow report to the UN Human Rights Committee (HR Committee) on September 18, evaluating the situation of civil and political rights in the country.

Ramsi Suleiman, a 39-year-old pharmacist in Amman, had been missing since his arrest by a group of General Intelligence Directorate (GID) agents on 23 May 2017. After the authorities refused to provide any information on his fate and whereabouts for about two months, on 16 July, his lawyer, who had come numerous times to the GID premises to inquire about him, was allowed to meet with him for the first time.  

Ghassan Mohammed Salim Duar, a 58-year-old civil engineer and member of the Jordanian Engineers Association was sentenced to five years of imprisonment under Jordan Anti-terrorism Law on 29 July 2015 by the State Security Court (SSC). His trial was solely based on confessions he was forced to sign under brutal torture while he was detained incommunicado in the premises of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) in Amman.

On 22 June 2017, and after more than a month of arbitrary detention, Hussam Al Abdallat, a Jordanian journalist charged with “defamation on social media” for criticising corruption within the Jordanian government through a Facebook post, was released on bail. However, he is still at risk of being sentenced to prison terms as the charges against him have not been dropped.

Ramsi Suleiman, 39 years old pharmacist in the Umm Summaq neighbourhood in Amman is missing after a group of several General Intelligence Directorate (GID) agents broke in his pharmacy and arrested him on 23 May 2017 at 11 pm. The GID members refuse to provide his relatives with any information on his fate and whereabouts or on the reason of his arrest. His family is calling upon the authorities to ensure the respect of his fundamental rights and his security.

Hamzeh Bani-Issa, 30 year-old Jordanian teacher in primary school, has been detained for more than six months merely for his alleged political opinion. Accused of “membership to an unauthorised organisation”, on 12 June 2017, Jordan’s State Security Court (SSC) is to deliver its judgment on his case.

Arrested on 19 May 2017 for a Facebook post criticising corruption within the Jordanian government and charged with “defamation on social media”, Hussam Al Abdallat is at risk of being sentenced to prison terms for merely having exercised his right to freedom of expression.