Jordan reviewed under the UPR
Wednesday, 11 February 2009 10:11


On the morning of Wednesday, 11 February 2009, the Working Group on the UPR reviewed the Kingdom of Jordan. Mr Mousa Burayzat, the Jordanian Ambassador to the UN in Geneva and also the Director of the Human Rights Department in the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs led the State delegation through the interactive dialogue in a cooperative and forthright manner. The delegation responded thoroughly to all questions posed throughout the review. While some States raised concerns, the overall tone of State interventions was positive with the majority commending Jordan’s efforts towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The discussion turned on the following key points:


  • A few states expressed regret with the fact that Jordan had submitted their national report only in Arabic and at such a late stage that it could not be translated into other languages before the review. In light of this fact, Mr Burayzat delivered a substantial opening address, outlining the main points of the national reportThe need to develop a comprehensive legal framework to protect women from domestic violence. A number of States expressed grave concern with the incidence of ‘honour killings’ in Jordan and urged the State to undertake measures to better protect and rehabilitate victims and to ensure perpetrators are prosecuted and punished appropriately
  • Incidence of torture, particularly in detention centres. In light of the Special Rapporteur on Torture’s report on the situation in Jordan, some States underscored the importance of prosecuting alleged perpetrators through an independent legal system (rather than ‘security courts’), to end impunity and to protect the rights of detainees. Further, some States called on Jordan to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture to strengthen the legal framework in this regard
  • Jordan was commended on its commitment to refugees in providing for substantial refugee populations from Iraq and Palestine. Jordan was encouraged in this endeavour to continue to also safeguard the fundamental economic, social and cultural rights of these refugee populations
  • Some States called on Jordan to amend its law creating strict governmental control over the registration and funding of non-governmental organisations to allow more freedom in civil society
  • While Jordan’s de facto moratorium on the death penalty since May 2006 was welcomed by many states, Jordan was urged to continue to limit the crimes to which capital punishment attached with a view to complete legal abolition

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