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Jordan: State of Emergency Declared

Expand Jordanian Armed Forces guarding a hotel used as a quarantine site in Amman, Jordan. 18 March 2020. © 2020 Roya News   (Amman) – The Jordanian government has declared a state of emergency as part of a series of measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 17, 2020, Jordan’s King Abdullah II issued a royal decree activating a 1992 law that grants the prime minister sweeping powers to curtail basic rights, but Prime Minister Omar Razzaz pledged to carry it out to the “narrowest extent” and stated that it would not impinge political rights, freedom of…

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