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Syria/Jordan border: refugees at acute risk if returned to Syria under new UN plans

Amnesty has seen plans for UN return operation from Rukban camp in desert ‘berm’ area, despite clear risk of persecution in Syria ‘[The Syrian authorities] hate people from Rukban’ - Samer ‘The evidence that Syria is not safe for returns is overwhelming’ - Marie Forestier The UN and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent must halt plans to transfer Syrian refugees in an informal settlement on the Jordan-Syria border back to Syria, said Amnesty International today. The refugees, most of whom have been at the location since early 2015, are living in Rukban camp in an isolated and inhospitable desert area

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Yemeni teenager "not guilty" over speech charges

Tujan al-Bukhaiti
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Jordan: Yemeni teenager “not guilty” over speech charges

Tujan al-Bukhaiti
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On 28 July 2020, the Jordanian criminal court deemed Tujan al-Bukhaiti, “not guilty” over charges of “blasphemy” and “insulting religious feelings” in relation to her social media posts. Tujan had been on trial over a lengthy period of eight months after the Jordanian Cybercrime Unit filed a complaint against her Facebook posts discussing religious and cultural issues.




Minor on trial over social media posts

A Yemeni teen-refugee in Jordan is being tried for “blasphemy” and “insulting religious feelings” for social media posts.

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Middle East in 2019: 'year of defiance' met by shocking state violence - new report

Protesters in Baghdad's Green Zone in Iraq last October © Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP via Getty Images

‘Inspiring’ protests in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon and Egypt met by lethal force More than 500 protesters killed in Iraq, and 300-plus in Iran At least 367 human rights defenders detained, 240 in Iran alone ‘The shocking death tolls among protesters in Iraq and Iran illustrate the extreme lengths to which these governments were prepared to go’ - Philip Luther Governments across the Middle East and North Africa crushed protests with ruthless force during 2019, said Amnesty International today, as it published its annual human rights report on the region. Amnesty’s 76-page report also shows how the

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Jordan: women jailed for 'absence' from home, and sex or pregnancy outside marriage - new report

Juweideh prison, Jordan's largest women's jail, holds women in administrative detention for various 'moral' crimes © Getty Images/Scott Peterson

Dozens of women jailed for months at a time, with male guardians and hospitals reporting them to authorities Women subject to ‘virginity tests’ and babies removed from unmarried mothers ‘I went to hospital and gave birth. The hospital asked if I was married and I said no, so then they called the police’ - Ola* Amnesty International is calling on the Jordanian authorities to stop their collusion with an abusive male “guardianship” system used to control women’s lives and put some behind bars “for their own protection”. In a new 64-page report - Imprisoned women, stolen children: policing sex

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USA: refugees in Lebanon and Jordan still trapped in limbo by Trump's travel ban - new report

Nearly 50 people speak of their predicament, including Syrian family who could be forced to return to war-ravaged Syria ‘These are families who put their trust in the United States at their most desperate hour’ - Denise Bell A new report from Amnesty International has highlighted the plight of refugees in Lebanon and Jordan still trapped in limbo two-and-a-half-years after the imposition of Donald Trump’s travel ban. The report, “The Mountain is in Front of Us and the Sea is Behind Us,” which is based on nearly 50 interviews conducted by Amnesty USA in Lebanon and Jordan, describes often

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Jordan: Syrians fleeing renewed fighting near border must not be turned away

Syrian refugees at the Jordanian border after crossing the desert in 2016 © Getty Images

Jordan urged not to ‘abandon’ refugees after government spokesperson says ‘we cannot receive more’ ‘The international community must provide full and meaningful support to Jordan’ - Mouna Elkekhia Responding to news that the Jordanian government has said it won’t accept further refugees fleeing a new offensive in southern Syria, Mouna Elkekhia, Amnesty International’s Advisor on Refugee and Migrant Rights, said: “People fleeing war in Syria are in a desperate life-or-death situation, and the Jordanian government cannot simply abandon them. “Jordan has a duty to protect refugees from Syria

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Jordan votes to abolish law allowing rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims

Vote on Article 308 by lower house of parliament needs confirmation from upper chamber and King Abdullah II Women’s rights campaigners calling for similar move in Lebanon Responding to news that Jordan’s lower house of parliament has voted to abolish Article 308 of the penal code which allowed perpetrators of sexual violence to escape punishment by marrying their victim, Samah Hadid, Director of Campaigns for the Middle East at Amnesty International, said: “The vote to abolish this repugnant law is a long overdue step in the right direction for the Kingdom of Jordan. “We now urge the

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Jordan: aid to Syrians trapped in desert 'berm' must be followed by long-term solution

Satellite image and screenshot showing a water distribution point at Syrian-Jordan border © CNES 2016, Distribution AIRBUS DS. Screenshot from video obtained via the Tribal Council of Palmyra

‘A real and meaningful solution would be for Jordan … to provide the stranded refugees with safety and sanctuary’ - Audrey Gaughran

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