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Jordan: NCHR releases study of women in detention

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Women held in administrative detention make up just on half of all female prisoners in Jordan, says a study by the National Centre for Human Rights.


Women held in administrative detention make up 49.5 per cent of female prisoners in Jordan, a study conducted by the National Centre for Human Rights (NCHR) has found.

A total of 233 out of 476 female prisoners at the Jweideh Correctional and Rehabilitation Centre last year were administrative detainees, while 21 out of the 37 prisoners at the Umm Al Lulu centre were under administrative detention, the Jordan Times reported.

Of the total 513 female inmates held in the two facilities last year, 137 were in judicial custody.

Several women were also held in "protective custody", a term used to refer to those who spend indefinite time in prison without being convicted of any offence, or those who remain in custody for their own safety after serving their sentences.

While the safety and well being of the woman is a common factor behind such a measure, experts believe that it violates basic human rights standards that guarantee the safety and security of individuals.

The NCHR study on the status of women inmates at correctional and rehabilitation centres revealed a number of other shortcomings, including limited access to vocational training programmes despite the availability of workshops, and a failure by authorities to follow the prisoners classification system.

"Health care provided to women prisoners is still below the international level and their medical reports lack information on their reproductive health, while there are no special programmes for pregnant and breastfeeding women," said Nahla Momani, who conducted the study for the NCHR.

The shortage of staff in women's rehabilitation centres was another area of concern.

Date: 5 March 2015

Source: Jordan Times


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