Perceived to be one of the most stable countries in the region, human rights in Jordan continue to be severely undermined by abusive measures within the framework of counterterrorism.

The broad and vaguely defined 2014 Anti-Terrorism Law allows for abuses to be committed by the General Intelligence Directorate (GID) and the State Security Court (SSC). The GID, which is directly controlled by the king, routinely subject detainees to torture and hold them incommunicado. The SSC, an exceptional jurisdiction whose judges are appointed by the executive, systematically sentences defendants to heavy penalties following severely unfair trials during which confessions extracted under torture are admitted as evidence.

Furthermore, peaceful dissenting voices are systematically brought before the SSC on trumped-up charges of terrorism, which are, in certain cases, coupled with accusations of lèse-majesté. Journalists and media workers face additional restrictions and often practice self-censorship to avoid facing prosecution.

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Country legislation

Crime Prevention Law of 1954

Antiterrorism Law of 2014 (AR)

Law on Societies of 2009 (AR)

Press and Publications Law of 1998, 1999, 2010 (AR)

Information System Crimes Law of 2010 (AR)

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Human Rights Instruments
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
ICCPR ratified?
ICCPR ratified on
Has the Human Rights Committee individual complaint mechanism been accepted?
Has the second Optional Protocol of the ICCPR (abolition of the death penalty) been ratified?
Human Rights Committee Concluding Observations last issued on
Next Human Rights Committee state report due on
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (UNCAT)
UNCAT ratified?
UNCAT ratified on
Has the Optional Protocol to the UNCAT been ratified?
Has a National Preventive Mechanism against torture been created?
Has the confidential inquiry procedure been accepted?
Has the individual complaint procedure been accepted?
Committee against Torture (CAT) Concluding Observations last issued on
Next CAT state report due on
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED)
ICPPED ratified?
Human Rights Council
Last Universal Periodic Review (UPR) held on
Next Universal Periodic Review to be held on
Membership of Human Rights Council:

2009 / 2012

National Human Rights Institution
Accreditation with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)