Gov't continues to implement Royal directives to enhance human rights- Abdallat

Khalil Al-Abdallat
Director of the Human Rights Unit at the Prime Minister's Office, Dr. Khalil Al-Abdallat. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — The Director of the Human Rights Unit at the Prime Minister's Office, Dr. Khalil Al-Abdallat, emphasized that the highest political will in the Jordanian state, represented by His Majesty King Abdullah, is dedicated to enhancing human rights alongside the reform and modernization system.These remarks were made during a meeting with representatives of civil society institutions in Al-Russeifa District, Zarqa Governorate. The meeting, organized by the Rasid for Life Center, aimed to strengthen the role of Jordanian civil society institutions and contribute to the development of the human rights system at the local, national, regional, and international levels.اضافة اعلان

Abdallat explained that Royal Directives have led to the adoption of a system for political, economic, administrative, and public sector reform, as well as the National Center for Human Rights' study of the legislative impact of the Electronic Crimes Law and the amendment of the Right to Access to Information Law to enhance the human rights system in Jordan, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

He further elaborated that the government has enacted a package of legislation, policies, and practices directly aimed at fulfilling its commitments and obligations to international human rights mechanisms. This includes the amendment of the Jordanian Constitution, the Parties Law, the Election Law, and the issuance of the Child Law. Moreover, the government has amended the Human Trafficking Law and issued the Administrative Regulation of Government Communication Law, among other legislation and national strategies. Additionally, practices have been improved by establishing an electronic platform for monitoring complaints related to human rights.

Abdallat noted that through this meeting, the government seeks to enhance national consultation among all stakeholders in the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights. He highlighted that Jordanian civil society institutions are essential partners and an important source of expertise in developing the human rights system, promoting democracy, and upholding the rule of law.

Furthermore, he emphasized the role of civil society institutions in the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights, particularly in monitoring the third report for 2018. Discussions were held on the recommendations that the state committed to studying and accepting, totaling 149 recommendations, in line with the decision of the Human Rights Council No. 5/1. This decision considers the state responsible for implementing international obligations, with other stakeholders, including civil society, playing a role in the implementation process.

He also highlighted the contribution of civil society institutions in interacting with the preparation of the Comprehensive National Human Rights Plan 2016-2025. This plan is considered the first strategic document for the Jordanian state to improve the human rights situation. Civil society institutions have evaluated the plan twice.

Abdullah Al-Ghuwairy, representing the Rasid for Life Center, commended the government and the Human Rights Unit at the Prime Minister's Office for establishing a mechanism for consultation with civil society institutions and national institutions to improve the human rights situation in Jordan. He emphasized the importance of the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights and the government's achievements.

Attendees from civil society institutions presented the main challenges and achievements they face in the Universal Periodic Review, appreciating the government's efforts and the Human Rights Unit at the Prime Minister's Office for conducting these consultations with relevant authorities in the field of human rights.

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