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“Administrative detention”… Has it become a restriction on the freedom of Jordanian activists and parties?

Amman Today

publish date 2022-12-22 12:11:31

Compass – Muhammad Saad

The arrest of a member of the party’s executive office, Ayman al-Akour, by the security center of the Bani Obeid Brigade for the second time this month, caused disapproval and anger of activists, partisans and human rights activists over the file of administrative detention in Jordan.

A member of the Freedoms Committee in the Islamic Action Front party, lawyer Abdul Qadir Al-Khatib, called for the immediate release of Al-Akour, considering that “the administrative arrest that is carried out for intentions is a sword that is directed against activists, activists, and parties.”

Al-Khatib confirmed in statements to “compassAl-Akour’s administrative detention before being presented to the Public Prosecutor is arbitrary, stressing that he was administratively detained in order not to be released by a judicial decision.

He demanded the existence of a political will for reform to implement the law that prohibits administrative detention, considering that the arrest of activists confirms that there is no real will for reform and encouragement of partisan work, as the government claims in its continuous statements.

Al-Khatib indicated that the charge against the activist Al-Akour is within the Cybercrime Prevention Law, and that despite the Public Prosecutor’s decision to release him, the security services returned him to the governor.

According to Linda Kalash, the head of the “Tamkeen” Association for Legal Aid and Human Rights, she said that there is no legal text that allows arresting people, so they resort to the Crime Prevention Law. .

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A study prepared by the Jordanian Adalah Center for Human Rights Studies revealed that the financial and economic cost of human rights violations in Jordan related to administrative detention is estimated at $26 million annually.

The study concluded that the reality of human rights in Jordan varied over the years (2007-2020) towards decline, as documented in the annual reports of the National Center for Human Rights, which monitor the reality of human rights through civil and political rights.

For her part, human rights activist Hala Ahed said that many of the administrative detention decisions issued by the administrative governor violate the law.

Ahed added, in his tweet to her, “Everything that is said about reforming the justice system, and respecting rights and freedoms is rooted in the decisions of administrative rulers, which have become a restriction on the peaceful and legitimate movement of Jordanians.”

In a previous statement, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed its concern about “the continued detention of peaceful activists in Jordan who were arrested under the Crime Prevention and Cybercrime Law,” indicating that the campaign of arrests “is deliberate to silence the opposition.”

She indicated that there are “detainees on hunger strike,” calling on the Jordanian authorities “to release all detainees to exercise their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, and to harmonize Jordanian legislation with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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