Judicial Council, DIGNITY agree on 6th phase of Karama program

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AMMAN — The Jordanian Judicial Council and the Danish Institute Against Torture (DIGNITY)  signed a memorandum of understanding which sets the stage for launching the sixth phase of Karama program.اضافة اعلان

The 2022–2026 program, funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims at eliminating pre-trial detention in the Kingdom.

The DIGNITY website said Karama is a national anti-torture program, which was launched in 2008, and focuses on eliminating the use of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in places of detention in Jordan.

The memorandum was signed in a brief ceremony at the Amman Moevenpick hotel on Monday. It brought together DIGNITY Senior Program Officer Samah Abu Khalifeh, Chief Public Prosecution Office Yousef Thiabat, DIGNITY CEO and Director Rasmus Christensen, representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Andreas Thulstrup, and DIGNITY Director in Jordan Yasar Abdu.

Christensen said that the memorandum “will pave the way for the next phase of Karama program.”

According to Christensen, DIGNITY is a human-right organization that was established 40 years ago as a proactive rehabilitation center for torture victims in Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark.

He said that the organization is specialized in “rehabilitation of traumatized victims, prevention of torture, and documentation of human rights violations. It works in partnership with more than 25 countries, as well as with government authorities and research institutions around the world”.

“Torture is one of the most devastating human rights violations, and has severe consequences on the victims and their families,” DIGNITY’s CEO pointed out.

He told Jordan News that “the specific focus of the Karama program over the next five years will be to decrease the number of people in pre-trail detention and to ensure that detention only takes place in accordance with international standards, with special focus on young people in particular.”

“Compared to many countries around the world, the situation is not terrible in Jordan, but there is always a room for improvement when it comes to torture and the use of ill-treatments,” Christensen said.

DIGNITY Director Abdu said that the memorandum “is a culmination of the achievements of the Karama Program in its past five phases”.

“We shared joint efforts, and built national partnerships that lasted for 14 years, through national and international anti-torture discussions, to constantly search for everything new and useful in line with the national legislations and relevant international agreements,” Abdu said.

Speaking about the achievements of Karama program in its previous phases, he pointed out that most prominent were “expanding the legal vision, conducting enriching discussion meetings for the program’s members and other partners, preparing a guide for lawyers about their role in pre-trial detention, and preparing specialized procedural guides about pre-trial detention”.

The UN states that torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances.

This prohibition forms part of customary international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the international community, regardless of whether a state has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity.

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