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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 […]