• From King Abdullah on down, Jordanian officials pride themselves on a better rights record than their neighbors, but the kingdom has barely advanced rights protections over the past decade. Expression and association remain tightly circumscribed in law and practice, and security services enjoy a large degree of impunity for arbitrary arrests and torture, as do employers for widespread abuses against migrant domestic workers. Fighting corruption became a major popular demand in 2011, but court cases smacked of politicization.

  • Jordanian authorities have broken reform promises by arresting and charging activists for speech-related offenses. At least three activists were arrested in recent months and charged with speech-related offenses under vague terrorism legislation and are being tried in Jordan’s State Security Court.

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  • Feb 19, 2015
    Jordan’s State Security Court sentenced a senior opposition figure on February 15, 2015, to 18 months in prison for criticizing the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • Feb 4, 2015
  • Jan 29, 2015
    Jordanian reform initiatives in 2014 failed to end long-term abuses, and authorities continued to detain and prosecute peaceful critics, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015.
  • Dec 21, 2014
    Jordanian authorities executed 11 Jordanian men by hanging on December 21, 2014, ending an eight-year de facto moratorium on the death penalty.
  • Dec 11, 2014
    Jordanian authorities have broken reform promises by arresting and charging activists for speech-related offenses. At least three activists were arrested in recent months and charged with speech-related offenses under vague terrorism legislation and are being tried in Jordan’s State Security Court.
  • Dec 8, 2014
    Jordanian authorities on December 3, 2014, deported to Syria nine Syrians working to facilitate medical treatment in Jordan for war-wounded Syrians. These forcible returns violate the customary international law principle of nonrefoulement, which forbids governments from returning people to places where their lives or freedom would be threatened.
  • Nov 24, 2014
    Jordanian authorities have forcibly deported vulnerable Syrian refugees back to Syria in violation of Jordan’s international obligations.
  • Oct 27, 2014
    UK officials are probably breathing a sigh of relief over the case of radical Islamic preacher Omar Othman, better known as Abu Qatada. After 12 years of court battles to deport him to Jordan and prolonged detentions in the UK and Jordan, Abu Qatada was acquitted and freed there allowing Home Secretary Theresa May to assert that “due process” had taken place in Jordan.
  • Sep 23, 2014
    Saudi Arabia should immediately make public the legal basis for detaining hundreds of people, and reveal what steps it is taking to end the practice of arbitrary detention, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef Al Sa`ud.
  • Aug 12, 2014
    Nidal, a 36-year old Palestinian has been stranded in a Syrian village near the Jordanian border with four of his siblings since February. Jordan deported them, confiscating their identity documents, leaving them no option but to stay in a conflict zone. They rely on the charity of local residents to survive.