Jordan gears up for 2024 Human Rights Review with collaborative meeting

Director of human rights unit at the prime minister’s office, Khalil Al-Abdallat
Director of human rights unit at the prime minister’s office, Khalil Al-Abdallat. (Photo: Jordan News Agency, Petra)
AMMAN — In a collaborative effort between the human rights unit at the prime minister’s office and the Petra Development Authority, a consultative meeting was held last Wednesday evening. The purpose of the meeting was to engage with civil society institutions in the southern region regarding the mechanisms for the fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Human Rights in 2024.اضافة اعلان

Khalil Al-Abdallat, director of human rights unit at the prime minister’s office highlighted the significant importance of the human rights file. He mentioned that the government's commitment to developing the comprehensive national human rights plan 2016-2025 underscores its dedication to improving the human rights situation in various dimensions, including civil, political, economic, social, cultural rights, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported. Additionally, the plan aims to protect vulnerable groups, such as children, women, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

Al-Abdallat emphasized that the government follows a methodology of national consultation in preparing reports, both contractual and non-contractual.

Three successive reviews
The Kingdom has already conducted three successive reviews of the human rights situation. As a result, 226 recommendations were made in the third report in 2018. Out of these, 149 recommendations gained the approval of the Jordanian government, which has been consistently implementing them in collaboration with diverse entities and civil society institutions.

He added that the consultative meetings are crucial for developing a shared and consensus-driven vision aimed at enhancing the current situation. These meetings also facilitate the allocation of responsibilities and roles for all stakeholders within the kingdom.

Implement UPR recommendations
Meanwhile, he pointed out that the directives from Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh to the government to implement the UPR recommendations, along with the feedback from international and regional mechanisms, as well as the final observations and recommendations from the National Center for Human Rights, have significantly contributed to advancing the reform process in the field of human rights.

In line with the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Furthermore, he noted that this national meeting coincides with the global celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This further reinforces the role of government entities in promoting noble values, as outlined in the royal vision for establishing genuine partnerships among all stakeholders to advance human rights and strengthen the concept of the rule of law.

Last Tuesday, His Majesty King Abdullah II met with members of the Board of Trustees of the National Center for Human Rights. During the meeting, His Majesty emphasized the pivotal role of the center in disseminating a culture of human rights.

In addition, Suleiman Farajat the president of the Petra Development Authority (PDA), extended a warm welcome to the government team. He underscored the significance of holding such meetings in Petra, which serves as a convergence point for diverse cultures.

Lastly, Maram Al-Freihat, commissioner for local development and the environment at PDA highlighted the importance of the meeting. She emphasized the value of listening to the perspectives of the local community on human rights issues and the periodic review of Jordan's human rights record.

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