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Poor women in Jordan most vulnerable to death penalties

[10/9/2017 9:16:53 AM]

AMMONNEWS - The World Coalition against the Death Penalty will focus this year’s World Day against the Death Penalty by looking at the close link between poverty and the death penalty and highlighting how people living in poverty are the most vulnerable to the death penalty. The Association for the Solidarity of Jordanian Women, Tadamoun, has found that poorer women who are marginalised because of their social status are more vulnerable to the death penalty and less able to take conciliatory and tribal measures to drop the personal right to commute the punishment either by them or by their families. In 2016, Jordan issued 13 death sentences. During the period 1975-2016 Jordan carried out more than 1,226 executions, including 26 since 2014. At the beginning of March 2017 Jordan executed 15 people, most of whom were convicted of terrorist crimes, a first for mass executions in Jordan since 2006. Those living with imminent death sentences in Jordan (currently 15 women) are living under great psychological pressure, according to Tadamoun, which is pursuing a number of cases for tribal reconciliation. However, the weak response of the government has prevented reconciliation taking place; authorities are unwilling to pay large sums of money for tribal reconciliation if the offenders are female. According to statistics from 2016 from the reform and rehabilitation centres in Jordan, 87,442 people were admitted into rehabilitation centres that year of which 21,117 were sentenced, 36,197 were brought before a jury and 3,128 were administratively detained. *MEM

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US embassy in Jordan thanks King and Jordanian

[10/2/2017 3:23:41 PM]

AMMONNEWS - US embassy in Jordan thanked His Majesty and Jordanians offered condolences to the American people following the events in Las Vegas. Thank you to our Jordanian friends – particularly his Majesty the King – for your thoughts, prayers, and condolences on this very sad and tragic day in the United States.

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Momani: We reject Human Rights accusations

[10/2/2017 5:01:10 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of State for Media Affairs and the government spokesman, Mohammad Al Momani rejected Human Rights accusations to Jordan. The HRW said that Jordan is "summarily deporting" Syrian refugees . Al Momani told Ammon that Jordan implements international law. He stressed that the security of Jordanian border above all consideration Noting that Jordan offers a lot to Syrian refugees . Human Rights Watch on Monday accused Jordan of "summarily deporting" Syrian refugees despite possible risks of harm to them in their war-torn country. Jordan hosts hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have fled a six-year war in their home country. "Jordanian authorities have been summarily deporting Syrian refugees - including collective expulsions of large families," HRW said. A new report quoted a 30-year-old mother of three who said her family was deported despite the United States examining their request for resettlement. "They never gave us a reason," she said. During the first five months of 2017, Jordanian authorities deported about 400 registered Syrian refugees each month, HRW said. Some 300 registered refugees appeared to return voluntarily each month, and another 500 returned "under circumstances that are unclear". "Jordan shouldn't be sending people back to Syria without making sure they wouldn't face a real risk of torture or serious harm and unless they have had a fair opportunity to plead their case for protection," said Bill Frelick, refugee rights director at HRW. The rights group called on other countries to support Jordan "to enable it to provide safe and decent asylum space for Syrian refugees and asylum seekers". The United Nations says Jordan is hosting more than 650,000 Syrian refugees, while the kingdom puts the actual number at 1.3 million. Government spokesman Mohamed Momani rejected HRW's findings, saying "the return of refugees is voluntary and not to any dangerous areas". He also said international organisations should do more to pressure other countries to host more refugees. HRW said group and individual expulsions peaked in mid-2016 and in early 2017 after armed attacks on the Syrian border and in the town of Karak. "Those suspected of posing threats should be given a fair opportunity to challenge the evidence against them and to have the authorities consider the risk of torture and other severe human rights abuse if returned," Frelick said. In June last year, a suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State militants group killed seven soldiers in a no-man's land near the Syrian border. In December 2016, another IS attack in Karak, home to one of the region's biggest Crusader castles, killed seven policemen, two Jordanian civilians and a female Canadian tourist. Jordan is part of the US-led international coalition fighting IS in Syria and Iraq. It also hosts coalition troops on its territory.

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How journalists helped change Jordan’s ‘marry the rapist’ law

[9/30/2017 5:32:19 AM]

AMMONNEWS - For years in Jordan, it was both conventional wisdom and the law: better for a rape victim to marry her rapist – she’s damaged goods, after all, and will bring shame and dishonour to her family since no one else will marry her. It was perhaps a step up from honour killing, the rarely-talked-about practice of family members murdering female relatives who had been sexually “interfered with” in an attempt to restore the family’s “honour.” Article 308 of Jordan’s Penal Code permitted pardoning rapists if they married their victims and stayed with them for at least three years, provided the victim was between 15 and 18 years old. Proponents of the provision argued it helped “protect the honour” of rape victims. Due in no small part to the courageous reporting of Jordanian journalist Remaz Mussa, the Jordanian government finally voted to repeal Article 308 in August. The 26-year-old blogger used his training from Journalists for Human Rights on data-assisted reporting to link honour killings and Article 308, and to hold the government to account. At a JHR workshop, Mussa learned the basics of using data to develop human rights stories. The honour killings story had largely been avoided by other media outlets in Jordan, and it was difficult to dig up data to back up the terrible accounts Mussa was hearing from families and NGOs. He began searching court records for data, reading the decisions in hundreds of honour killing and rape cases, and developing a series of infographics showing how authorities had dealt with them since 1995. Mussa’s reports caused a sensation given they laid bare the dreadful choice faced by Jordanian rape victims – either marry their rapists to defend their family’s honour, or risk being slain by family members. READ MORE: How Journalists for Human Rights helped a Sudanese reporter tell a disturbing story Jordanians, including the late King Hussein’s sister, were horrified by Mussa’s revelations. Princess Basma urged the media to keep up the pressure and push for a public debate about honour killings and Article 308. Remaz’s stories, widely circulated on social media and cited in outlets that included Human Rights Watch, helped trigger debate in the Jordanian Parliament. JHR’s team in Jordan followed up with online forums and radio shows that kept attention on the issue and kept the debate alive. The result? As of August 1 2017, rapists can no longer get around prosecution by marrying their victims. What’s next for the courageous Remaz? He’s setting his sights on Jordan’s gender gap, using his JHR data reporting know-how to investigate the lack of women in leadership in Jordanian politics and business. *Global News

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Jordan calls on regional countries to join NPT

[9/22/2017 4:32:15 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Jordan Friday called on Middle East countries, including Israel, to join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and to subject all their nuclear facilities to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards. This came in a speech made by Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission Khalid Toukan during the 61 regular session of the IAEA's General Conference which concluded today in Vienna, Austria. Toukan, who led Jordan's delegation to the conference, said placing nuclear facilities under the IAEA's safeguards would achieve a nuke-free Middle East, which would contribute to realizing global peace and security. "Jordan attaches great importance to the commission's safeguards, considering them an essential element of international efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons", Toukan told the gathering. He also reviewed key important achievements in Jordan's nuclear project's components which are; Jordan's nuclear power plant, Jordan Research and Training Reactor and the uranium exploration project. On the sidelines of the conference, Toukan met a number of Arab and foreign officials, including the Saudi and Egyptian delegations and briefed them on developments in Jordan's nuclear program. He also met with Yukiya Amano, IAEA director-general and discussed with him cooperation between the two sides. Amano expressed readiness to continue supporting Jordan's nuclear program.

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Safadi calls for Arab-Islamic initiative to stop crimes in Myanmar

[9/20/2017 5:34:35 AM]

AMMONNEWS - Minister of Foreign and Expatriates Affairs, Ayman Safadi, late Tuesday participated in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Contact Group meeting on Rohingya, which was held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. In his key remarks, Safadi said "what is happening in Myanmar is a crime against humanity, a genocide and ethnic cleansing that contradicts all human values and a gross violation of all international human rights laws and regulations." The minister called for adopting political and legal practical moves to stop the ongoing killings in Myanmar, stressing at the same time the need for a comprehensive Arab-Islamic initiative that includes a UN resolution to compel the government of Myanmar to shoulder its responsibilities to end this disaster and ensure that those responsible are held accountable . Safadi said that Jordan's diplomacy, under the directives and direct follow-up of His Majesty King Abdullah II, will continue to work with brothers and friends to stop these crimes and protect Muslims in Rohingya. He added that the Kingdom is doing its utmost through cooperation with all OIC member states, brotherly and friendly countries to stop these humanitarian crimes. The UN estimates that 60,000 Rohingya have fled escalating violence and mass killings in Myanmar, with around 27,000 crossed into Bangladesh and a further 20,000 remained stuck between the two countries.

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Palestinian citizen named his son "Muath al-Kasasbeh "

[9/11/2017 2:53:53 PM]

AMMONNEWS - Palestinian citizen decided named his son "Muath al-Kasasbeh " for new baby . The Palestinian Civil Status and Passport Department issued a birth certificate bearing name "Muath al-Kasasbeh " from Jabalia .

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