Jordan replies to Amnesty's accusations human rights violations
Jordan, Politics, 11/18/1998
A Jordanian governmental official said in reply to a report issued by Amnesty International that accuses Jordan of breaching human rights that Jordan respected the law, yet it has been exposed to the disturbances that prevailed in other spots of the Middle East.
An Amnesty International press release said the report cited three main problem areas: "The use of prolonged incommunicado detention against political suspects; restrictions on freedom of expression sometimes leading to the detention of suspected political opponents for non-violent activities; and reports of torture and ill-treatment of political and common law suspects."
It specified the use of "vaguely-worded laws" to justify the arrest of political opponents and allegations of torture, but noted that "most political detainees are well-treated."
The release also noted other improvements since reform efforts began in 1989, while pointing to a need for further efforts.
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