Jordanian lawyer Hala Al-Ahed wins Front Line Defenders award

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Jordanian rights activist and lawyer Hala Al-Ahed. (Photo: Twitter)
AMMAN — Jordanian rights activist and lawyer Hala Al-Ahed has been honored with the 2023 Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk. اضافة اعلان

The award ceremony took place in Dublin, Ireland, where Ahed was acknowledged alongside three other remarkable human rights defenders from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Ukraine, and the Philippines, the New Arab reported.

The Front Line Defenders Award is intended to provide an international platform for human rights activists who courageously defend their causes. It also aims to offer them necessary protections for their work.

Defending civil rights in Jordan
As a member of the National Forum for the Defense of Rights in Jordan, Ahed has been actively involved in defending the civil rights of her fellow activists who have faced arrest and harassment in Jordan.

In her acceptance speech, she expressed her gratitude for the recognition and highlighted the importance of shedding light on Jordan's human rights situation.

Various rights organizations have observed a concerning trend of diminishing civil rights in Jordan over the past three years, coupled with increased repression by the authorities, particularly targeting human rights activists.

Ahed emphasized that the situation goes beyond the absence of respect for rights and freedoms; it involves the narrowing of civic spaces and the criminalization of tools used by human rights defenders and dissenters.

Ahed dedicated her award to the Jordanian Women's Union, the National Forum for the Defense of Rights, and the Jordanian Teachers' Syndicate., which the government shut down in the summer of 2020.

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