Jordanian journalists trained for UPR human rights coverage

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AMMAN – Considered the first of its kind in the Kingdom, a two-day course aimed at training journalists in coverage skills for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Human Rights recently commenced, bringing together 30 journalists and media professionals from various media outlets. The UPR is a periodic review of a country's human rights record and serves as a crucial international mechanism for evaluating a state's performance in human rights.اضافة اعلان

The primary objective of this training is to empower journalists to analyze and accurately cover the international recommendations issued by the UPR. Additionally, it aims to equip them with the skills to craft news reports with human rights focus that reflect these recommendations and contribute to the improvement of human rights conditions. This training is pivotal as it underscores the significant role of the media in promoting human rights and participating in processes that drive positive change in this field.

It is worth noting that Jordan will represent itself before the United Nations Human Rights Council in January 2024 for the review of its human rights record. This training course is an integral part of Jordan's preparations for this significant event.

The Center emphasizes the media's pivotal role in supporting human rights and contributing to positive changes in this regard. During a meeting with the National Center for Human Rights and the Jordanian Journalists Syndicate, His Majesty the King emphasized the importance of cooperation and dialogue regarding the Cybercrimes Law. He also indicated that the law's implementation would be closely monitored within the legal framework, and if necessary, amendments would be considered in the future.

Khalil Al-Abdallat, the director of the unit, highlighted the critical role that journalism and Jordanian civil society institutions play in advancing the human rights framework on national, regional, and international fronts.

He explained to Jordan News that journalism plays a vital role in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism for human rights, involving the analysis of the current situation and utilizing available media tools to effectively contribute to the third report. Many journalists actively participated in preliminary sessions and provided live coverage of the discussion session in Geneva.

Abdallat underscored that this meeting reaffirms the vital partnership between journalists and media professionals in strengthening and evolving the human rights reform system. They represent a critical element in fortifying democracy and upholding the rule of law.

Furthermore, he stressed that the Jordanian state, under the leadership of His Majesty King Abdullah, demonstrates a strong political will. This commitment encompasses the approval of comprehensive political and economic reforms, administrative reform, and modernization of the public sector, extending to the human rights system. His Majesty directed the National Center for Human Rights to assess the legislative impact of the Cybercrimes Law and instructed the government to amend the Right to Access Information Law, thus contributing to enhancing the human rights landscape in Jordan.

Made to empower journalists with the necessary skills and techniques
Taghreed Dughmi, Director at Waee Center for Human Rights Training, explained in an interview with Jordan News that the main objective of this training course is to empower journalists with the necessary skills and techniques for conducting a comprehensive review of human rights and for enhancing their ability to create detailed journalistic reports. The ultimate goal is to achieve positive changes in the field of human rights, including legislation, practices, and policies.

The workshop included familiarizing journalists with the key recommendations issued in the Universal Periodic Review for the year 2018, as these recommendations serve as an important platform for preparing in-depth reports aimed at positive impact and change.

The discussion covered several topics, including refugee rights, child rights, women's rights, freedom of expression, and opinion. One of the most prominent topics discussed in this workshop was freedom of expression and opinion, especially in the context of Jordan's upcoming review of its human rights record in Geneva. The discussion also touched upon the Cybercrimes Law and its potential impact on human rights.

Dughmi emphasized that His Majesty the King's recent meeting with the National Center for Human Rights and the Journalists Syndicate addressed this law specifically. His Majesty indicated that the law would undergo a thorough evaluation, with a focus on how judges apply it. If there are indications of tightening restrictions, there may be an opportunity for amendments in the near future.

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