CDFJ launches human rights advocacy campaign

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AMMAN — The Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ) launched a two-week advocacy campaign through social media platforms to introduce the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights, based on the premise that freedom of speech is an integral part of human rights. اضافة اعلان

“We believe that the UPR is an effective means to strengthen human rights, and the aim is to introduce this UPR to the public,” said the center’s CEO Nidal Mansour.

The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The review is a state-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each state to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. 

The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation and address human rights violations wherever they occur.

Jordan issued its last review in 2018, where it had fulfilled 149 out of 226 recommendations, according to Mansour.

The campaign involves social media messages about the government’s human rights obligations as signatory to international human rights agreements, including civil, political, economic and social rights, as well as the rights of women, children, persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups. 

Mansour said the center has been working alongside with the civil society. "The comprehensive review mechanism is only part of the UN mechanisms that civil society must use to motivate the government to abide by the pledges it made to the world," he said.

In the last of a series of meetings with competent government officials and the CDFJ, Mansour pointed out, three points were agreed: the importance of having a national mechanism to follow up on human rights issues; of creating an updated database on human rights, and a declared government set of priorities on human rights.  “However, the government has not taken action on any of the three points, despite its pledges and promises,” said Mansour.

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