Graphic: View of Amman, capital of Jordan
APF Leadership Outreach engagement with the Jordan National Centre for Human Rights02 May 2023 Jordan
Full Membership (2007, 12th Annual Meeting); Associate Membership (2004, 9th Annual Meeting)
The Jordan National Centre for Human Rights was established by Royal Decree/Provisional Law on 19 December 2002 under Article 94(1) of the Constitution of Jordan and the decision of the Council of Ministers of the 3 December 2002. It became operational on 1 June 2003.
The Royal Decree was subsequently made permanent by the National Centre for Human Rights Law (Permanent Law No 51 of 2006).
Role and functions
The Centre has a wide human rights mandate and deals with cases of human rights violations, complaints, education and promotion, monitoring and integrating human rights into Jordanian legislation and practices.
Its primary objectives are to:
- Promote the principles of human rights within the Kingdom by drawing from the tolerant teachings of Islam and the heritage of Arab Islamic values, as well as the rights enshrined in the Constitution and the principles asserted in international charters and covenants
- Contribute to entrenching the principles of human rights within the Kingdom at both intellectual and practical levels and to ensure non-discrimination among citizens on the basis of race, language, religion or sex
- Bolster the democratic process within the Kingdom in order to create a comprehensive and balanced model based on disseminating freedoms and safeguarding political pluralism, respecting the rule of law and guaranteeing the right to economic, social and cultural development
- Strive to ensure the Kingdom's accession to Arab and International human rights charters and conventions.
Board of Trustees
Ms Samar Khaled al Haj Hassan
Dr. Saad Hijazi
Dr. Mousa Burayzat
Mr. Ayman Odeh
Ms. Taghreed Hikmat
Ms. Wafa Bani Mustafa,
Dr. Ghazi Zaben,
Dr. Khaled Abu Tayeh,
Mr. Nimer Zinati
Dr. Rateb Ouran
Dr. Sawsan Majali
Prof Dr. Hind Abu Shaar
Mr. Tareq Momani
Dr. Walid Abdul Hai
Dr. Ghaida Katibi
Dr. Abeer Dababneh
Ms. Jumana Ghneimat
Dr. Abdel Bari Durrah
Mr. Omar Abu Weshah
Ms. Alya'a Zerikat
Mr. Ziyad Al Homsi
Twelve years ago, Nisreen Zerikat from the Jordan National Centre for Human Rights, undertook her first visit to listen to and document the concerns of prisoners. She is still advocating for their rights today.
- View of Amman, capital of Jordan - APF/Benjamin Lee