Human Rights in Jordan
Program in brief
Program in brief
The political, social and economic progress of
Jordan and the Arab world requires a sound
protection and promotion of human rights. UJRC’s
Human Rights Program aims at fulfilling the
as-yet-unrealised requirements of the human rights
movement in Jordan, and spreading the principles of
mental and physical freedom, democracy and human
rights, both in Jordan and in the Arab world.
Through public outreach programs, workshops and
training sessions, UJRC informs the Jordanian public
on the local human rights climate and initiates
reform activities for human rights promotion.
The program has opened up dialogue with the
Jordanian government and other international
entities to explore the fundamentals of human rights
research. Training courses have been conducted for
representatives of Jordan’s human rights
organizations, NGOs, lawyers, and United Nations
representatives. It has also held informational
sessions with the public addressing specific issues
of social concern, such as the needs of the elderly,
the right to health, and family violence. The
program also produces a number of publications
presenting its activities and research.
stressing the principles of freedom, democracy
and human rights, and seeking ways of promoting
human rights strategies, locally and regionally.
drawbacks and obstacles facing public freedom
and human rights, and proposing practical
solutions to enhancing these public rights.
platform for dialogue on human rights issues, to
exchange expertise and accomplishments of human
rights activists, and to discuss encountered
in preparing special national plans to promote
the status of human rights through programs
teaching human rights, by preparing courses to
improve the skills of human rights groups, to
evaluate and observe human rights conditions,
and to prepare reports.
civil society organizations and stressing their
role in society.
the dialogue on national laws and international
treaties concerned with public freedom and human
researches, studies and reports and publishing
them to execute awareness programs and fulfill
the needs of human rights.
database and a specialized library.
with similar national, regional and
international organizations and centers, and
participating in building networks and a
regional human rights monitor.
The first advisory committee was formed in 2002, and
comprised the following members:
Badran, vice-president for international
affairs, Philadelphia University
Mohammad Al Tarawneh
Judge Ms. Enas
Dr. Khaled Al
Takhayneh, International Organizations
Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bakeer, Director of Human Rights Office, Prime
Ma’aytah, member of the Lower House of
Ms. Hayfaa’ Al
Basheer, President of the Jordanian Association
for Sociological Care
Mr. Jamal Al
Jerdaneh, Women Third Millennium Association
Barakat, Department of Political Science,
The program activities have been divided into two
main streams, conducting workshops and symposiums,
and organizing training courses, as follows:
First: Workshops and Symposiums
Symposium on Economic, Social and Cultural Human
Rights in South and East of the Mediterranean:
This Symposium was held in Amman on October 17 –
21, 2003, and was organized by the International
Federation for Human Rights, in cooperation with
Al Urdun Al Jadid Research Center, the Jordan
Society for Human Rights, the International
Institution for Women Solidarity and the Law
Group for Human Rights (Mizan).
Symposium on Human Rights in Jordan:
this Symposium under the patronage of His
Excellency Prime Minister Mr. Ali Abu Al Ragheb,
and in cooperation with Al Hussein Cultural
Center in Greater Amman Municipality, on
December 22 – 23, 2002.
Efficient and Participatory Procedures in
Drafting up Laws:
was conducted on June 26, 2002. The main paper
was presented by Dr. Mohammad Masalhah,
Secretary General of the Jordanian Parliament.
Rights to a clean Environment:
This workshop was organized on June 5, 2002. The
main paper was presented by Dr. Ramzi Batayneh,
an expert in environmental polices.
New Items in
the Personal Status Law:
This workshop was organized on May 28, 2002. The
main paper was presented by the lawyer Akef
This workshop was held on April 29, 2002. The
main paper was presented by Dr. Ibrahim Badran,
Dean of College of Engineering at Philadelphia
Bank, Human Rights and Development:
This workshop was organized on April 15, 2002.
The main paper was presented by Dr. Khaled
Takhaineh, Director of Human Rights in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Provisional Election Law No. 34 of the Year 2001
from the Perspective of Human Rights Principles:
This workshop was conducted on March 24, 2002.
The main paper was presented by Mr. Hani
Hourani, Director General of UJRC, and was
commented upon by Ms. Nancy Bakeer, the Human
Rights Director in the Prime Ministry, and the
attorney Jamal Rifa’i.
Responsibility and Assurance Against Medical
This workshop was held on September 18, 2001.
The two main papers presented were by Dr. Mo’min
Al Hadeedi, Head of the National Center for
Forensic Medicine, and Dr. Mohammad Basheer
Shraim, Director of Shraim Research Center.
Temporary Public Meetings Law: Implementation
Scenarios and views on its unconstitutionality:
This symposium was held on September 11, 2001.
The main working paper was presented by the
attorney Sameeh Khreis.
The Right to
Have Health in National Laws and International
This workshop was organized on September 4,
2001. The main working paper was presented by
Dr. Zaid Hamza, the former Minister of Health.
Requirements in Jordan:
This workshop was conducted on August 14, 2001.
The main paper was presented by Dr. Mohammad
Khaled Ma’ani, Social Service Program,
University of Jordan.
The Role of
Family Protection Administration in Preventing
Family Violence in Jordan:
This symposium was held on July 24th, 2001. The
main paper of which was presented by Lieutenant
Colonel Fadel Al Hmoud, Head of the Family
Protection Directorate at the Department of
the US State Department Report on Human Rights
in Jordan, 2000:
The report of the US State Department was
presented by Mr. Dog Seligman and Mr. Tobin
Bradley from the US Embassy in Amman. The
purpose of this symposium, which was held on May
4, 2001, was to identify the principles,
methodologies and resources obtained by the US
State Department in preparing Human Rights
Reports of other countries.
The Role of
Literature and Arts in Supporting Human Rights:
This symposium was held on September 6th, 2000.
The main paper was presented by Dr. Abdel Rahman
Yaghi, and was discussed by a group of plastic
artists, dramatists, actors, writers, and
researchers specialized in human rights.
The Human Rights program organized three training
courses in the field of human rights, and as
Supporting and Protecting
Economic and Social Rights:
This training course was held with the cooperation
of the British Fund for Supporting Human Rights and
the International Union for Refuge (Habitat), at
Marmara Hotel in Amman on October 13 – 15, 2001. A
total of 35 female and male trainees participated in
the course, in addition to a number of specialists
in human rights from Palestine and Sudan. The
training was supervised by Mr. Joseph Shakala, the
regional coordinator of the International Coalition
for Refuge in Cairo.
Evaluating the meetings of the
Economic and Social Committee of the United
This training course was held on July 24, 2000,
under the supervision of Mr. Joseph Shakala, the
Regional Representative of the Economic and Social
Committee subsided to the Economic Council in the
Methodology of Preparing Human
Rights Reports in accordance with the United Nations
This course was conducted on March 23, 2000, and
supervised by Mr. Joseph Shakala.
Report in Jordan 2001 – 2005:
The Human Rights Program in the center is
currently working on the final touches of this
report, which is based mainly on the Human
Rights Report for the year 2001. It includes
three main sections: the status of economic,
social and cultural rights, the status of civil
and political rights, and finally, a brief on
the human rights status in Jordan for the years
on the State of Human Rights in Jordan:
This memorandum was published in accordance with
the Partnership Agreement signed with the EU, by
virtue of (article 2) of the agreement, June
Report in Jordan 2000:
This was the first UJRC annual report on the
status of economic, social, and cultural rights
of the non-governmental organizations on
economic, social and cultural rights in Jordan,
24/4/2000. Also, a supplementary report was
later issued on economic, social and cultural
The program published a series of Human Rights
Dialogue newsletters concerned with human rights in
Jordan. The aims are to introduce a subject for
discussion and then convey its results and
recommendations to the largest possible number of
people and decision makers. The series also contain
translations and researches that fall under the aims
and interests of the human rights program. The
published newsletters covered the following areas:
The role of the Department of
Family Protection against family violence. It
documents the debate session organized by the human
rights program on July 24, 2001, in which LC Fadel
Al Hmoud discussed the experience of the Department
of Public Security in averting the problem of family
: Needs of the elderly in Jordan. This
issue documents the workshop organized by the
Program on August 14, 2001, where Dr. Mohammad Al Ma'any presented a research briefing on the needs of
the elderly, with the participation of a group of
experts, specialists and human rights activists.
The right to health services in
national laws and international treaties. The issue
covered the workshop held by the Program on
September 4, 2001, where Dr. Zaid Hamza presented
the right to health services within the legal and
political context. Dr. Hamza had surveyed the
historical development of the right to obtaining
health services on the international level, and
exerted to enact it in international agreements and
declarations. He also examined the right to health
services within the Jordanian laws, and shed a light
on the Jordanian health sector provision of health
services and care.
temporary law on Public
Meetings. The issue covered different scenarios for
the implementation of this law, and viewed
dismissing it as unconstitutional. This was based on
a dialogue session that was organized by the Program
on September 11, 2001. Attorney Mr. Sameeh Khreis
had commented on the articles of the temporary law
no. 45 of 2001, and presented a historical glimpse
of the right to hold meetings and how this is
related to democratic development of governance. He
analyzed this right by contrasting it to clauses
cited in the Jordanian constitution, and the
democratic openness Jordan had witnessed. Also
discussed were the drawbacks of the articles within
the rationale temporary law, and the procedures for
dismissing it as unconstitutional at the High Court
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