Jordan adopted 16 recommendations at the Human Rights Council review session held in Geneva on Thursday, and promised to study and respond to the UN Council session.
The recommendations included a statement by the Council and follow-up with the National Center for Human Rights.
- define the crime of torture in accordance with Article 1 of the Convention against Torture, with appropriate penalties
- amend the laws that impede the freedom of expression and information
- expand the authority of the Center and the National Human Rights Foundation and increasing the resources available to them
- review and define the definition of hate incitement in the 2011 Cyber Crime Act
- establish a committee of independent experts to consider amendments to legislation and institutions relating to the media
- continue efforts to prevent torture
- increase the number of shelters for victims of gender-based violence and honor crimes,
- reduce the use of administrative detention, while respecting the rights of prisoners as defined in article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- review the use of administrative detention
- take measures to ensure access to legal aid
- recognize the need to adopt a definition of torture consistent with article 1 of the Convention against Torture
- amend the Prevention of Terrorism Act to bring it into line with the provisions of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
- ensure freedom of expression and stop the detention of all writers, journalists and editors of websites and to repeal articles of the Penal Code that place undue restrictions on freedom of expression both on both online and offline
- review the legislation and practice of expression to ensure that all persons and actors of civil society, including human rights defenders and journalists, exercise their right to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly freely, both online and offline, as provided for in international human rights law
- re-evaluate the recent amendments to the Press and Publications Act, the Electronic Crimes Act and the Penal Code to ensure that legislation and practice are in conformity with international law and international human rights standards, in particular the right to liberty of expression under Article 19 of the Covenant on Civil and Political
- continue to ensure that migrant domestic workers can be effectively brought to justice, including ensuring their safety and residence during the course of the case and measures to ensure the principle of non-refoulement.