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Jordan, Tunisia: Parliamentary Measures Aimed at Israel

(Jan. 8, 2018) On December 10, 2017, members of the Parliaments of Jordan and Tunisia took steps toward adopting legal measures against the state of Israel. Tunisian Measure Tunisian members of Parliament signed a petition to speed up the voting process for a draft law to ban any activity that is considered to be an […]

Jordan: Repeal of Controversial Article in Penal Code

(Aug. 8, 2017) On August 1, 2017, the majority of members of the lower house (House of Representatives) of the Jordanian parliament voted to repeal article 308 of the Penal Code, which had allowed rapists to avoid a jail term if they married the victim. (Zena Tahhan, ‘Historic Day’ as Jordanian Parliament Repeals Rape Law, […]

Jordan: Investment Fund Law Enacted

(June 29, 2016) Jordan recently enacted the Jordanian Investment Fund Law, to establish a fund (the Fund) as a legal entity endowed with administrative and financial independence and authorized to own movable and immovable properties. (Law No. 16 of 2016, AL-JARIDAH AL-RASMIEH [OFFICIAL GAZETTE] No. 5399 (May 26, 2016) , art. 3(a) (in Arabic) (showing […]

Jordan: Ministerial Committee Decides to Repeal Controversial Rape Provision

(May 6, 2016) On April 17, 2016, a Ministerial Committee established by the Jordanian Cabinet issued a decision to repeal article 308 of the Penal Code. Article 308 had provided for the pardoning of an individual convicted of the felony of rape if the perpetrator married the victim.  (The Abolishment of Article 308 of the […]

Jordan: Fatwa Against Joining ISIS

(Apr. 16, 2015) On April 13, 2015, the General Iftaa Department of the Kingdom of Jordan issued a legal opinion, or fatwa, based on Sharia law prohibiting Jordanians from joining the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). The Iftaa Department is a part of the government that is tasked with issuing legal opinions related […]

Jordan; Pakistan; United Nations: Experts Warn Against Death Penalty Resumptions

(Jan. 2, 2015) United Nations human rights experts have recently warned of the dangers of the use of the death penalty, even in terrorism cases. The warning was prompted by the resumption of the imposition of capital punishment in Jordan and the end of the moratorium on the practice in Pakistan. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, […]

Jordan: Constitutional Law Court Newly Established in Jordan

(Dec. 3, 2012) King Abdullah II of <?Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. The creation of this judicial body is part of the King's recent reform initiatives. (New Constitutional Court Head, Members Named, JORDAN NEWS AGENCY (Oct. 6, 2012).) The […]

Jordan: Parliament Approves Law on Online Publications

(Sept. 18, 2012) On September 11, 2012, the Jordanian National Assembly approved legislation to regulate Internet publications. The new law is designed to standardize the process of launching news websites on the Internet. The law requires Internet companies to register and obtain special permits to launch websites online. It stipulates that each electronic news website […]

Jordan: Bill to Amend the Family Law Adds Provision on Electronic Divorces

(Mar. 24, 2010) On February 2, 2010, Jordan's Ministry of Justice, in pending legislation to amend the law on family matters, added a new provision on divorce via cell phones, the Internet, and email messages. The new provision authorizes a husband to divorce his wife unilaterally by sending her a text message or an email. […]

Jordan: Political Associations

(May 2, 2008) On April 16, 2008, the Jordanian Ministry of the Interior declared that only 14 political parties have met the conditions imposed by Law No. 19 of 2007, which places the parties under the Ministry's control and increases the required number of founding members in a new party to 500. Among the parties […]