House approves amendment to NCHR Law

PM stresses that regulatory bodies must be neutral

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AMMAN — The House of Representatives approved on Monday the amendment to the National Center for Human Rights  (NCHR) Law, which requires that anyone appointed as chairman of the board of trustees or commissioner general of the center not be affiliated with any political party, according to Al-Mamlaka TV.اضافة اعلان

Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh was quoted by the Jordan News Agency, Petra, as saying that the bill amending the NCHR Law is fully consistent with the empowerment of political parties, but that supervisory bodies must remain non-partisan.

“This philosophy stipulates that supervisory bodies be neutral, similar to security services and the armed forces, the judiciary, administrative governors, members of the diplomatic corps, the governor of the Central Bank of Jordan, and other entities specified under the (Political) Parties Law now in force, since they represent the entire country, and are not based on affiliation to a certain party,” he told lawmakers Monday.

According to the prime minister, the proposed amendment does not conflict with the promotion of partisan work; he also said that many administrative procedures and regulations concerning political and partisan work in universities are undergoing change to encourage young people to engage in this work.

Regulatory bodies that oversee and issue reports related to the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms must be neutral, and thus those responsible for them must not be affiliated with parties, Khasawneh said.

On Monday, MPs started discussing other bills as well, including one amending the General Sales Tax Act for 2021.

In June, the House approved a bill amending the NCHR Act 2022. The bill was amended to “enshrine the principle of neutrality and objectivity, and to prevent conflicts of interest and the impact of party and intellectual affiliation on the work of the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Center for Human Rights and the secretary general”.

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