DIGNITY's office in Jordan

DIGNITY's local and international experts work in close collaboration with Jordanian partner organizations to support the rehabilitation of torture victims and the prevention of torture in Jordan and the wider region.

DIGNITY in Jordan

The DIGNITY office in Jordan was established in July 2014. It is registered with the Ministry of Social Development in Jordan under the specialization of the Ministry of Justice, and works to implement DIGNITYs vision and strategies. The office is based in Amman, and employs local experts. In cooperation with local partners DIGNITY capacity builds and trains lawyers, judges and prosecutors on the documentation and prosecution of torture cases, support local rehabilitation efforts, develop manuals and guidelines, and part-take in advocacy efforts. The work is mainly financially supported by DAPP (Danish Arab Partnership Program) under the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and starting in 2018 some activities will be partly supported under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights.

Partners

FUNDED by DAPP 

The Danish-Arab Partnership Program is Denmark’s collaboration program with the Middle East and North Africa. The program helps to strengthen good governance and ensure economic opportunities, especially for young people and women in the region, through partnerships. Countries of focus are Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.

DIGNITY in Jordan works to

Prevent the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in places of detention

The work with the National Center for Human Rights (NCHR) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) aims to prevent torture and ill-treatment in places of dentition in Jordan. In collaboration with DIGNITY, the NCHR monitored places of detention, and in the current phase, NCHR is focusing on raising awareness of the public on their rights under the ratified UNCAT (UN Convention Against Torture). While with Ministry of Justice, strong efforts have been put to open and enlarge the dialogue on the prevention of torture in the legal system. The work has focused on building the capacities of key professionals to investigate allegations of torture and ill-treatment as well as lessen the use of pre-trial detention.

Document torture and prosecute perpetrators

It is often close to impossible for survivors of torture to take legal action against their torturers. It requires special expertise from their lawyers, who need to be able to document the torture so thoroughly that the evidence holds up in court. DIGNITY works with the non-governmental institution Mizan for Law on strengthening lawyers’ work on cases of torture. Mizan offers both legal assistance to survivors of torture and work more broadly on promoting an efficient and fair legal system in Jordan.

Secure professional rehabilitation to torture victims and other traumatized refugees

Jordan has received a staggering number of refugees from neighboring Syria and Iraq. There are currently over 700.000 registered refugees in the country, and it’s estimated that the number of unregistered refugees is just as high. Many of these refugees arrive with severe physical and psychological trauma, and need professional rehabilitation. Our partner Institute for Family Health provides professional psycho-social therapy to traumatized refugees and Jordanians. DIGNITY supports their work through capacity building, education, and supervision.

Related projects & programmes

Contact DIGNITY's Jordan office

Office hours (Sun - Thurs) 09:00 - 16:00

Landline: +962 (0)6 582 06 02 Fax: +962 (0)6 582 06 01

Address: DIGNITY Office 5, Shu’la Building (12), Princess Taghreed Street – Sweifieh, P.O. Box 830192, Amman 11183, Jordan | See map for directions

Staff

Country Director, Alexandre Adam

Media

Latest relevant news from Jordan concerning human rights
Death in custody
In the beginning of June, a Jordanian man, who was arrested by the Criminal Investigative Department, died while in police custody in Amman. Following, head of the PSD Maj. Gen. Fadel Hmoud ordered an investigative
committee, made up from three police judges. Accordingly, five
detectives from the CID in Shmeisani were detained for questioning.
Read more on Roya News from June 11 (full article)

New government sworn in
On June 4th Prime Minister Hani Mulki officially resigned. His resignation came following the mass protests over a general price hikes and the income tax bill, that took place close to the Prime Ministry in Amman (and elsewhere around Jordan), after the breaking the fast in Ramadan, eight nights in a row . A new Prime Minister, Omar Razzaz (former education minister), was appointed to form a government on June 5th and sworn in on June 14th together with his Cabinet. The new cabinet consist of 28 ministers; 11 first time minsters, 15 ministers who were part of former PM Hani Mulki’s Cabinet, and 2 minister
who have been ministers in previous governments. The new government also includes a total of 7 women which is the biggest amount for the first time in Jordan’s history. The new government’s 28 ministers’ profiles can be read on this link.

Cybercrime Law
In May, the government endorsed the 2018 cybercrime law which aims at limiting cybercrimes to restrict hate speech, privacy violations and other crimes, especially those committed on social media platforms. The bill defines hate speech as each statement or act that can fuel religious, sectarian, ethnic or regional sedition; calling for violence or justifying it; or spreading rumors against people with the aim of causing them, as a result, physical harm or damage to their assets or reputation. The bill stipulates an imprisonment penalty of no less than a year and no more than three years and a fine between JD 5,000 and JD 10,000 for people who publish or share whatever can be described as hate speech, which can be broadly interpreteted.
Jordan Times from May 21st, 2018 (full article)

Torture accusations
In April, the INGO Alkarama requested an urgent intervention of UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism after two men were detained, tortured and forced to confess to crimes of terrorism. A full article on the two cases is accessible here.

Appeal to release activists for protesting
The Jordan Bar Association (JBA) issued an official circular for all its members, asking them to boycott the State Security Court (SSC) and its prosecution office. The Association had requested the release of activists who had been arrested for participating in rallies against the government’s economic policies. In a statement, the JBA said it was obliged to take such a decision after failing to ensure the release of activists and lawyers who will be tried before the SSC, a military-administered tribunal, for political activism. The JBA president stated that “The government is growing more and more intolerant to criticism.”
Jordan Times from March 8th, 2018  (Full article).

Jordan is being reviewed by the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights
The Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights (UPR) has been covered well in media during March as Jordan will be reviewed this year. The 29th of March was the deadline for stakeholders to submit their shadow reports to the Human Right Council and different events have covered meetings and panel debates between stakeholders and government representatives.
The NGO coalition supported by DIGNITY; JoCAT, submitted their report to the UPR.

Videos - DIGNITY in Jordan

Videos

Public media coverage of DIGNITY and Jo-CAT
Video by Ro'ya news featuring the Jordanian Civil Alliance against Torture's (Jo-CAT's) press conference the 22nd of December 2015 where they presented the UN Committee against Torture's report on concluding observations and recommendations

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Video featuring Secretary-General of the Ministry of Justice Judge Ahmad Jamalya and Chief of Public Prosecution Dr. Akram Masaadeh, Ro'ya news June 15 2015

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An interview with the Advocate and human rights activist Nour Al Emam on Roya TV: Nour is a member of the Jordanian Civil Alliance against Torture (Jo-CAT) that DIGNITY provides technical and logistical support to.

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An interview with the Journalist and human rights activist Mohammad Shamma on Roya TV:  Mohammad is a member of the Jordanian Civil Alliance against Torture (Jo-CAT) that DIGNITY provides technical and logistical support to.

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