Experts are urging civil society in Jordan to unite and enhance human rights by coordinating efforts across legislation, policies, and practices. This includes developing unified action plans, setting priorities, finding effective ways to advocate for change, and addressing a wide range of human rights issues.
This came during a discussion session organized by Phenix Center for Economic and Information Studies on Wednesday via ZOOM, experts discussed civil society’s engagement with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), analyzing lessons from previous and current cycles.
The session was attended by four civil society alliances, including the Jordanian Civil Alliance, Insan Coalition, National Alliance for Human Rights Mechanisms, and the Development Alliance. It also included several other civil society organizations and human rights advocates in Jordan.
The alliances presented in the session the key human rights issues covered in their reports presented in mid-July of the previous year for discussion in the fourth cycle of the Universal Periodic Review, scheduled for January 25, 2024.
Ahmed Awad, Director of the Phenix Center, praised the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as a vital international mechanism for civil society engagement in improving human rights. Jordan’s active participation in the current UPR cycle enhances civil society’s role in the process.
Nidal Mansour, coordinator of the Jordanian Civil Alliance, highlighted their 31-member alliance’s efforts, submitting 12 reports focusing on political, civil, economic, and social rights, particularly for vulnerable groups.
Hala Al-Ahed, coordinator of the Insan Coalition, emphasized the importance of their meetings to discuss human rights issues, including equality, women’s rights, and the right to a decent standard of living.
Dr. Saddam Abu Azam, coordinator of the National Alliance for International Human Rights Mechanisms, highlighted their 13-member alliance’s expertise in human rights and the methodology for report preparation.
Ragheb Shareem, coordinator of the Development Alliance, stated their 27-institution alliance focused on civil rights, such as the Electronic Crimes Law and freedom of association.
The experts collectively stressed the significance of civil society’s contributions to improving human rights in Jordan through active engagement in the UPR process.