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Mar-04-2016 08:51printcomments

Jordanian Regime Gives Heavy Jail Sentences to Dissidents

Jordan insists that it punished those responsible for mistreating and murdering detainees while in custody, but Amnesty International says otherwise.

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Courtesy: mideast.liveuamap.com

(SALEM, Ore.) - Amnesty International's annual report strongly criticizes the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for cracking down on freedom of speech, restricting political parties and opposition activists, and a continued pattern of violating basic human rights.

According to Administrative Detention Law, the regime in Amman has arbitrary arrested and tortured hundreds of its citizens.

The UN Committee against Torture recently expressed in a report its grave concern over the practice of torture in Jordan against the defendants, committed by the General Intelligence Department (GID) or the regime's notorious security apparatus, knows as Darak.

The Jordanian regime insists that it has punished those security forces responsible for myriad cases of mistreating and murdering detainees while in custody, though Amnesty International reiterates that the Jordanian courts lack the legal legitimacy to function.

Meanwhile, discriminatory laws restricting women's social and legal rights, prevalent sexual abuse and other sorts of social inequality and bias have now become the focal center for international campaigns against the ruling regime in Jordan.

Deporting vulnerable Syrian refugees to their war-ravaged country—which is considered an evident violation of international laws— has jeopardized the lives of tens of thousands of destitute refugees fleeing the war in Syria.

Jordan's legislature body also ratified controversial bills that can legalize the systematic persecution of political opponents. Jordan's "Anti-Terrorism Law of Year 2006” has criminalized any criticism of a foreign country which might damage Amman's relations with that specific country. The regime also prevents the people from organizing peaceful demonstrations and deals with draconian measures those who dare to undermine the monarch, Abdullah II.

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