General: Jordan: Co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights detained and denied entry into Jordan

31.03.14

 

On 30 March 2014, human rights defender and co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) Khalid Ibrahim was detained at Amman in Jordan and not permitted entry into the country.

On his arrival to Amman, Khalid Ibrahim was detained and denied entry. He was put in a room along with a large number of other people, the majority of whom were Syrians. Those detained were not allowed to leave the room unless accompanied by a policeman. He was travelling to the country in order to participate in a UNESCO Media Development Indicator training workshop which is scheduled to run from 1 to 3 April. 

The GCHR believes that this arbitrary detention and denial of entry is solely related to Khalid Ibrahim’s peaceful and legitimate human rights work in the Gulf Region. The GCHR has taken up more than 500 cases of human rights defenders and independent journalists at risk. The GCHR condemns the action of the authorities and sees it as a blatant violation of human rights.

The GCHR urges the authorities in Jordan to: 

  1. To investigate the arbitrary detention and denial of entry of Khalid Ibrahim on his arrival at Amman and to publish an independent, thorough and impartial report;
  2. Guarantee that all human rights defenders will be allowed to enter and leave the country in accordance with relevant legislation;
  3. Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders in Jordan are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment. 

The GCHR respectfully reminds you that the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, adopted by consensus by the UN General Assembly on 9 December 1998, recognises the legitimacy of the activities of human rights defenders, their right to freedom of association and to carry out their activities without fear of reprisals. We would particularly draw your attention to Article 12 (1 and 2): “(1) Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to participate in peaceful activities against violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms. (2) The State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration.”