A Jordanian court sentenced political activist Rami Al-Mashaqbeh to six months in prison arbitrarily.
Jordan has been enforcing arbitrary measures against dissidents and activists in violation of the freedom of expression.
The Amman Magistrate Court issued a verdict in absentia against Al-Mashaqba on charges of defaming an official body, after criticising the state’s response to external demands to amend the Personal Status Law.
Al-Mashaqbeh, shared a post on Facebook saying that the Chief Justice Department had submitted a complained against him for criticising its acceptance of CEDAW and other Western organisations demands and for becoming “a tool for introducing bad, humiliating and family-disintegrating intrigues into the Personal Status Law.”
This is an example of many cases raised against dissidents, in which the judiciary was used to harm those expressing their opinions and sharing their views.
Such human rights violations must be monitored by the international community since Jordan is a signatory to various international covenants and treaties to respect and uphold human rights, however it systematically violates dissidents’ basic rights.