Jordanian civil organizations, activists support Palestine at UN

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GENEVA — On Thursday, In a Geneva meeting, the UN Human Rights Council's Periodic Review (UPR) reviewed Jordan's human rights record for the fourth time, with several Jordanian Civil Society Organizations and human rights activists attending sessions in support of Palestine at the UN office on Wednesday, Al-Ghad reported. اضافة اعلان

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) received approximately 63 reports from individuals, local, and international human rights entities as part of stakeholders' reports. This participation involved most Jordanian human rights alliances concerned with the periodic review, despite the earlier announcement by the World Humanitarian Alliance (WHA) of its boycott of participation in Geneva.

Jordan is officially represented before the Human Rights Council by the Jordanian delegation, which includes the Permanent Committee on Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives from all official ministries and institutions, and the Human Rights Unit at the Prime Minister's Office. Meanwhile, representatives of civil society organizations attend the session without presenting interventions.

So far, three alliances have participated in several side sessions, with the latest one held on Wednesday. The session involved the Jordanian Civil Alliance, Hema, the Tatweer Alliance, and the National Alliance for International Human Rights Mechanisms.

The Coordinator of the Civil Alliance and Founder of the Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists (CDFJ), Nidal Mansour mentioned that, on Wednesday, the Jordanian Civil Alliances participated in a side event alongside various international and UN entities. They discussed the human rights situation in Jordan, as well as war crimes and Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip, delving into the war's repercussions and its impact on Jordan in detail.

Additionally, Mansour highlighted that a support forum titled, "Human Rights at a Crossroads" took place on Monday, with the participation of Hema and the Coordination Committee of the Civil Society Coalition, Himam, in collaboration with the Arab NGOs Network for Development and the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT), along with Tatweer.

The forum consisted of two sessions, one focused on discussing the crime of genocide, while the other aimed to reassess global commitments and their effectiveness in light of developments in the war on Gaza. The sessions saw the participation of numerous Jordanian, Palestinian, and international activists, including General-Secretary of Palestinian National Initiative (PNI) Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, the Palestinian Ambassador to the UN, Ibrahim Khraishi, Jordanian Human Rights Activist, Ahmad Awad and others.

Meanwhile, Executive Director of Lawyers without Border (LWB), Dr. Saddam Abu Azzam noted that LWB submitted two separate reports to the Human Rights Council. One report was submitted within the framework of a youth alliance managed by the organization, while the other was a joint report with the Jordanian National Alliance, consisting of approximately 14 civil society organizations.

Abu Azzam also highlighted that LWB is participating with the largest youth delegation from civil society organizations, comprising five members, four of whom are students from Jordanian universities.

Notably, the reports submitted to the Human Rights Council covered various human rights situations in Jordan, including freedom of expression, women's and children's rights, social and economic rights, as well as issues concerning the most vulnerable groups, political and civil rights, climate, and public transportation.

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