EU-Jordan meeting affirms joint commitment to human rights, political reform

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AMMAN — In line with the EU-Jordan Association Agreement and the EU-Jordan Partnership Priorities for 2021–2027, the Kingdom and the European Union held the thirteenth meeting of their joint Subcommittee on Human Rights, Democratization, and Governance on Monday and Tuesday in Amman. اضافة اعلان

The meeting was co-chaired by Raghad Al-Saqqa, Director of the Human Rights and Human Security Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, and Alessio Cappellani, Head of Division MENA.5 (Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria) of the Middle East and North Africa Directorate at the European External Action Service.

Representatives of the EU and Jordan held a political dialogue on Jordan-EU relations and regional and multilateral affairs. The EU in this context commended Jordan's leading role in hosting large number of refugees, including from Syria, and confirmed its commitment to continue supporting both refugee and host communities in Jordan.

Both parties emphasized the importance of preserving the rules-based order, multilateralism, respect for international law, and principles of the UN Charter.

The session included a discussion on human rights and fundamental freedoms and discussed strengthening good governance, the rule of law, democratic reform, and respect for human rights, as well as cooperation in multilateral human rights fora.

Political modernizationThe EU welcomed Jordan's political modernization process, notably the adoption of the revised Law on Political Parties and Law on Elections, which aim to empower women and youth to effectively participate in decision-making and enhancing their role in public life. The EU side also expressed readiness to support Jordan in implementation of the modernization process.

The EU also reconfirmed its commitment to continue supporting the implementation of Jordan’s National Human Rights Action Plan 2016–2025 and the Kingdom’s ongoing efforts in further enhancing its judicial system.

Both parties underlined the important role that civil society organizations play in promoting human rights, socio-economic development, and prosperity.

Rights of women, children, persons with disabilitiesJordan, in line with its relevant international obligations, agreed to continue working with the EU to achieve further progress in the promotion and protection of human rights towards more gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, combatting all forms of discrimination, the elimination of gender-based violence, as well as promoting the rights of children and people with disabilities.

Both parties reiterated their commitment to upholding human rights, democratic principles, rule of law, and good governance.

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