NCHR: Noticeable Increase in Prosecution of Expression and Peaceful Protest

تم نشره في Sun 19 June / Jun 2016. 12:00 AM
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AMMAN —Al Ghad— The National Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) stated in a communique Sunday, that there is “noticeable increase in legal and procedural prosecution of people for expression of opinion and peaceful protest, which has reflected on the citizen’s right to criticise and protest against public policy”.

According to the communique, of which a copy was obtained by “Al Ghad”; there is an evident increase in teh number of people detained and trialed by State Security Courts for various counts, ranging from promoting or supporting terrorist thoughts or organisations, to disturbing relations with a foreign country, as well as accusations of undermining the regime or inciting opposition.

The NCHR’s statement concluded that while international measures allow for limited and condition restrictions to expression, for reasons that have to do with national security and individual rights, many of those trialed for counts above, or detained, have not broken the law or international standards in this regard, as well as in accordance to the constitution and the international agreements Jordan has committed to.

Moreover, many of the counts have been charged against statements highly relevant to public concerns, according to the statement’s conclusions, and that the absence of a clear legislation on actions and statements that are considered by law to be incur threat to national security has prefaced for many transgressions again human rights of expression and practice of citizenship.