Amnesty International Comments Against the Jordon Government's Closure of the JSCR and JPA

Amnesty International, the worldwide organization that works to defend human rights criticize the Jordan Government for it's arbitrary closure of the Jordanian Society for Citizens' Rights (JSCR) and the continued detention of three trade unionists and members of the Anti-Normalization Committee of the Jordanian Professional Associations (JPA).

On October 28, the Minister of Interior ordered the closure of JSCR and JPA for its violation of the Societies and Social Institutions Acts. The JSCR and JPA allegedly failed to submit yearly reports on their activities and finances for the years 1999, 2000 and 2001. They were also charged of refusing to allow the Ministry of Interior an internal document and premise search.

The JSCR was closed in spite of a letter sent by Fawzi Samhuri, the Director of JSCR, to the Minister of the Interior, confirming that the JSCR had submitted its 1999 activities reports and sending copies of its 2000 and 2001 reports that were approved by it