PM addresses international conventions controversy

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Prime Minister Bisher Khasawneh (Photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — Prime Minister Bisher Al -Khasawneh sparked controversy among lawmakers during Monday’s Lower House session, when he said that international conventions overrule domestic laws.اضافة اعلان

However, experts and officials responded to the controversy by arguing that Jordan’s approach towards international conventions does not conflict with its sovereignty and that controversy over this issue is “exhausted”.

The convention in question during Monday’s Parliament session was the United Nations Charter and the internal legislation it entails, such as the terms of reference of the Security Council. The UN charter has been ratified by Jordan, along with 193 other countries.

The charter came up as lawmakers discussed the 2020 anti-money laundering and terrorism financing bill, which includes a specific penalty for violating legislation related to the implementation of UN Security Council decisions. Several members of Parliament criticized the penalty, accusing it of violating Jordan’s sovereignty.

Minister of State Mahmoud Al Kharabsheh told Jordan News that “Jordan is internationally known for its credibility and fulfilling its commitments in all fields, but that does not mean, without a doubt, that Jordan agrees to sign treaties that conflict with its constitution.”

“In my point of view, regarding the mandatory implementation of UN Security Council resolutions, Jordan had already signed the treaties and should fulfil its obligations, as it always does, in order to keep its credibility,” the minister said.

However, while treaties can override laws, they do not override the Constitution, according to at least one senator. A senator who spoke on condition of anonymity told Jordan News that “respecting the Constitution is a must. No treaties are to be signed and published in the Official Gazette if they contradict with the Jordanian Constitution, which will always top the legislative hierarchy in Jordan.”

An attorney who spoke on condition of anonymity told Jordan News that “if international treaties are signed by Jordan, and their articles conflict with some Jordanian laws, then the texts of these articles contained in the treaties are the first to be applied. No text of Jordanian laws will be enforced if they contravene what is stated in the articles of those treaties.”

Likewise, former minister of interior Sameer Al-Habashneh confirmed to Jordan News that “all countries should respect and fulfil international signed agreements and treaties.”

Habashneh explained that “the Constitution draws the constitutional procedures to enact laws and these laws should not contradict or violate any article or more from the Jordanian Constitution.”

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