September 19, 2006

Suspicious Sweeps

The General Intelligence Department and Jordan's Rule of Law Problem

I. Summary
II. Recommendations
To the Government of Jordan..
To the Jordanian parliament
III. Background: The General Intelligence Department and Rule of Law..
Powers and duties of the GID..
Powers of arrest under Jordanian law and the GID..
Compliance with International Human Rights Law...
The State Security Court and SSC prosecutors
Lack of oversight
Who does the General Intelligence Department arrest?
IV. Arbitrary Detention
Legal standards
Absence of judicial oversight over charges
House searches
Incommunicado detention..
Access to legal counsel
Family notification, and communication with the outside world..
V. Torture and Ill-treatment
Beatings and other torture..
Participation of medical doctors
Solitary confinement
VI. Redress
Non-judicial accountability
International scrutiny
VII. Acknowledgements