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Interior minister forms committee to investigate renewing wanted person passport

[9/14/2019 3:50:05 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Interior Minister Salameh Hammad decided to form a committee to investigate into circumstances and reasons behind renewing the passport of a wanted person outside the Kingdom. Following discussions on the issue recently raised by media outlets, the Interior Ministry said Saturday the Interior Minister hasn't issued any approvals in this regard, in accordance with instructions issued by the Ministry of Interior, which prohibits the renewal of passports of wanted persons outside the country in order to preserve the rights of others. In in a press statement, the ministry added that wanted persons are granted urgent travel documents that entitle them to return to the country only and not to travel to any other country for the purpose of enforcing verdicts issued against them upon their return to the Kingdom. The ministry stressed that the renewal of the passport referred to in the manner that was done is an explicit violation of instructions in force and severe measures against violators will be taken.

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Dialogue only means to address teachers' demands, says minister

[9/8/2019 3:58:56 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of State for Media Affairs, Jumana Ghunaimat, has said that the government respects the teachers and the "sacred" profession of teaching, adding that no one denies the teachers' role in raising future generations. Ghunaimat, who is also the spokesperson of the government, told the Jordan TV on Sunday that dialogue is the only means to address teachers syndicate's demands. The government had offered an increment system for teachers as part of the career development path serving the best interest of both the teachers and their students at the same time, Ghunaimat explained. The government spokesperson said that dialogue is the only answer to the issue, stressing that what is on the table could be negotiated and further improved.

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Gov't is committed to royal directives on enhancing human rights system

[8/22/2019 3:30:04 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Omar Razzaz said the government is committed to the royal directives on enhancing the human rights and public freedoms system in Jordan and place them as top priorities. The prime minister gave his remarks during a visit to the National Center for Human Rights (NCHR) in which he attended a part of the first meeting of the NCHR's board of trustees. Razzaz said the government is looking forward to working with the NCHR to set up relevant plans and indicators and amend the necessary legislation to ensure the improvement of human rights and preserve human dignity. He underscored the government's full support for NCHR and commitment to enhancing its independence and impartiality in order to enable it to play its role to the fullest. The prime minister spoke about important issues that the cabinet is working on in monitoring the government's actions and decisions and those related to citizens, in particular freedoms, rights, developmental issues, and issues monitored by the NCHR in the fields of education, health, labor and the most needy groups in society, the elderly and those with special needs. The premier added that the government is committed to implementing NHCR annual reports' recommendations and following up on all the observations contained therein. Chairperson of the NCHR Board of Trustees, Rohayel Gharaibeh, and the Commissioner-General Mousa Burayzat, highlighted the NCHR plans, programs and priorities during the coming period to reflect a bright image of Jordan's record in the field of human rights.

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‘Iraq pressuring Jordan to extradite Saddam’s daughter’

[8/17/2019 7:37:33 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordan is facing pressure from Iraq to hand over a number of people who are wanted in the country, including former dictator Saddam Hussein’s daughter Raghad, a Saudi newspaper has reported. Okaz reported that Jordan sees attempts to block trade and economic cooperation between the two countries as being a result of official attempts to “blackmail” it into surrendering those wanted by Baghdad. “Amman cannot bow to it, especially with the presence of half a million Iraqis in Jordan, including those opposed to the political process,” the paper quoted a Jordanian source as saying. The source continued that Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi had previously refused to link the economic and commercial files between the two countries with the political. Connections between the matter would damage relations between Iraq and its neighbours, the source added. *MEM

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PM gives directions to evaluate, study content of 'Jaber' film

[7/31/2019 3:59:55 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Prime Minister Omar Razzaz directed the Jordan Media Commission (JMC) and the Royal Film Commission (RFC) to evaluate and study the content of international film entitled "Jaber." Razzaz stressed that any cultural or artistic work produced and filmed in Jordan must be aligned with Jordan's principles and the national identity. State Minister for Media Affairs and the government spokesman, Jumana Ghuneimat, said the government will take immediate actions to identify the content of "Jaber" film, in light of the wide controversy that the film sparked on social media platforms in Jordan. Ghuneimat pointed out that Razzaz has followed up on developments related to stances and opinions of many actors and workers in the field of cultural and artistic production who expressed their reservation and rejection of the story of the film. She added that Razzaz has called on the JMC and the RFC to form a joint team to study and evaluate the film's script and historical narrative. Ghuneimat explained that the movie production landscape in Jordan requires a regulatory process that allows access to scripts of historical movies, or movies that provide narratives related to national identity. She underlined the need to develop media legislation on movie productions, in order to ensure that all actors and workers on the film took a look at the script, especially when it comes to such type of films. Director of 'Jaber' film: The film obtained all security approvals, 100% funded by Jordan

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Turkish envoy stresses his country's support of Hashemite custodianship

[7/9/2019 4:15:56 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Turkish Ambassador to Jordan Murat Karagoz underscored his country's support of the Hashemite custodianship over Islamic and Christian holy sites in Jerusalem. During a meeting with the Jordanian-Turkish Brotherhood Committee at the Senate, Karagoz described ties between Amman and Ankara as "historical and deep-rooted," pointing to several agreement on bilateral cooperation. The envoy affirmed that His Majesty King Abdullah and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan share brotherly and robust ties, noting that Jordan and Turkey see eye-to-eye on various issues, namely the Palestinian cause. He pointed out the bilateral cooperation in various fields and sectors, including the tourism and religious tourism sectors, stressing the committee's key role in boosting ties. "The Turkish embassy in Amman is working on attracting investments to the Kingdom, and enhancing economic, tourism, and cultural ties between the two countries," the ambassador added. Head of the committee, Senator Munir Soubar, said the Jordanian-Turkish are robust and distinguished, and are based on mutual respect, calling for boosting ties in the investment and economic areas, and stimulating the tourism sector in both countries. He lauded Turkey's supportive stance for the Kingdom on various regional issues, which aims to achieve peace and stability, and its support for Jordan which is currently hosting over 1.3 million Syrian refugees despite its limited resources.

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Minister says 10mln firearms in citizens' possession, draft bill pursues greater control

[7/7/2019 5:13:39 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Interior Salamah Hammad on Sunday said that there are more than 10 million firearms in Jordanians' possession which requires a robust regulatory framework. The minister's remarks come at a time when a proposed gun control draft bill continues to drive public debate. During a meeting of the Lower House of Parliament's Legal Committee, the minister said the draft is designed to regulate firearms possession and licensing and pushes towards preventing the proliferation of unlicensed guns. Chairman of the Committee, MP Abdulminem Oudat, said the panel will address any loopholes in the "weapons and ammunition draft law" to arrive at a legislation that enjoys "a high degree of accord". The lawmaker said the committee will draw up a counter-firearm strategy that takes into account local perception of gun possession and bearing. While acknowledging the need to have a greater control over firearms possession, Oudat said the gap in views over the "withdrawal of guns remains wide". He assured that the draft bill is not and should not be intended to "strip people of their right to possess and bear firearms" but is designed to control the whole process in a manner consistent with the rule of law and society security.

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