• Jordan received and hosted hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria in 2013, although the authorities restricted some from entry. Authorities stepped up attacks on independent media, censoring websites that refused to comply with new government registration requirements. Jordanian law criminalized speech deemed critical of the king, government officials, and institutions, as well as Islam and speech considered defamatory of others. Perpetrators of torture or other ill-treatment continued to enjoy near-total impunity. Jordan’s personal status code remains discriminatory despite a 2010 amendment.
  • 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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  • 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 23, 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.
  • Aug 7, 2014
    Jordan refuses entry to or forcibly deports Palestinian refugees escaping Syria, in clear breach of its international obligations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Jordan has officially banned entry to Palestinians from Syria since January 2013 and has forcibly deported over 100 who managed to enter the country since mid-2012, including women and children.
  • Jul 11, 2014
    The terrorism trial of the radical Islamic preacher Abu Qatada lasted several months, but in the end his fate rested on this one single moment, writes Adam Coogle.
  • Jun 15, 2014
    Human Rights Watch will open an office in Amman, Jordan, during 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The aim is to increase the engagement and advocacy with the Jordanian government on domestic and regional human rights issues. Jordan’s Board of Associations approved the registration of Human Rights Watch as a nongovernmental organization on May 21, 2014.
  • May 17, 2014
    King Abdullah II should reject amendments to Jordan’s Anti-Terrorism Law that broaden the definition of terrorism and threaten freedom of expression. The amendments quickly passed Jordan’s lower house of parliament on April 22, 2014, and the upper house on April 30.