Jordan: Banned union press conference the latest crackdown by government on teachers’ rights

The JTA’s Defence Committee informed Education International that this act is just the latest in a series of government crackdowns on freedoms. These freedoms include freedom of opinion and expression guaranteed by the country’s constitution and enshrined in international and regional human rights instruments signed and agreed by Jordan.
 
According to JTA, the ban on the press conference is a clear violation of the rights of all Jordanian citizens and a pretext to silence peaceful dissent.
 
Raids and arrests
 
On 24 July, the police raided the JTA headquarters in Amman and 11 of its branches across the country, closed them and arrested the 13 board members on dubious legal grounds.
 
On 23 August, the JTA board members were released from jail, thanks to Education International’s campaign highlighting the situation. Other contributing factors included actions taken at international level that placed significant pressure on the Jordanian authorities to release the JTA officials.
 
Ongoing attacks
 
The authorities have prevented or forcibly dispersed ongoing peaceful protests, arresting almost 500 teachers and activists. They have also issued a gagging order on all reporting about the situation, including sharing content or commenting on social media.
 
For the union, the government has exploited the state of emergency caused by COVID-19 to subdue public outrage over the JTA’s arbitrary closure.

[Tue, 27 Oct 2020 19:15:00 +0100] | ديغ هذا

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