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Jordan: Stepped Up Arrests of Activists, Protesters

Expand Security forces block a road as teachers protest in Amman, Jordan, September 5, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Omar Akour   (Amman) – Jordanian authorities stepped up arrests of protesters and political and anti-corruption activists in 2019 as protests against Jordan’s economic austerity policies increased, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020. The authorities detained dozens of political activists and charged some with vague provisions of Jordanian laws used to limit free expression such as “undermining the political regime,” insulting the king, or online slander. “Jordan…

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