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Jordan Centers

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Jordan Centers


Known Centers based in Jordan

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Al Adala Center for Human Rights (ACHR)


Year Established: 2011

Short Historical Background


Although the Adala Center for Human Rights (ACHR) is a recently- established organization, it evolved from a series of developments in the human rights movement in Saudi Arabia over the years. In 2003, a small human rights group was established mainly to monitor violations. By 2006, the group was named Rights Activists Network (RAN) to coordinate the work of the activists around the country and to implement training programs for capacity-building of its members. In December 2011, ACHR was established as a fullfledged human rights organization.


ACHR aims to promote human rights in Saudi Arabia through training and education, documentation and monitoring of human rights violations, and supporting victims of such violations legally and financially. Specifically, it aims
1. To promote the human rights culture and values, and facilitate capacity-building in the community
2. To support human rights activists and coordinate their efforts
3. To strengthen the relationship between human rights organizations and the media
4. To monitor and document human rights issues.
5. To teach citizens – men and women – about their rights and duties and the importance of independent civil society organizations in developing the society
6. To support victims of abuses
7. To work towards building and developing a basic foundation for human rights work and to contribute in building capabilities and expertise.

ACHR engages in the following activities:
• Training in many fields of human rights
• Provision of financial and psychological support for the victims’ families
• Provision of legal support for individuals
• Reporting on the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia
• Communication with officials regarding human rights issues
• Coordination of work with national, regional and international human rights organizations.

Special Concerns

ACHR pays special attention to specific human rights issues in Saudi Arabia relating to freedom of expression and assembly, religious freedom, discrimination of and equality among citizens, women empowerment, minorities’ rights, and defense of prisoners.


• Freedom of Expression Faces Danger (2012)
• Freedom in Shackles (2012)
• Children Behind Bars (2012)

Other Information


ACHR adheres to the following values:
• Commitment: willingness to put in the effort and time to achieve ACHR’s objectives
• Creativity: development of unique methods as well as employment of available technical methods
• Collective efforts: decision-making and coordinating work collectively and in an institutionalized manner.
• Peace: adherence to peaceful strategies in all activities and programs.
• Solidarity: humanitarian concern through caring for and defending the victims of human rights violations
• Credibility: stressing the importance of the accuracy of the information and news published.

The work of ACHR depends on a number of principles and standards which are based on:
• International human rights law and as well as the regional agreement on human rights
• The Basic Law for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and local law and regulations concerned with human rights.
• ACHR invites cooperation with human rights organizations of common interest.

Adala Center for Human Rights (ACHR)
Eastern Province
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
ph (966) 505916554, (966) 566 450450
e-mail: info[a]adalacenter.net



Al-Urdun Al-Jadid Research Center (UJRC)


Year Established: 1990


Short Historical Background


The Center was established in 1990 as an extension to the quarterly Al-Urdun Al-Jadid magazine (1984-1990). UJRC began working in 1993 with a license from the Department of Press and Publication (Ministry of Information) in conformity with Law Number 10 issued in 1993.


The Center is a founding member of, and a participant in, a number of regional networks and umbrella groups, such as the Arab Social Sciences Research (ASSR) and the Arab Institute for Studies and Communication (AISC). It heads the Arab Network for Democratic Development (ANDD) and is also a member in the European-Mediterranean Network for Human Rights (EMHRN), and the World Movement for Democracy. The Center contributes to government and municipal projects and is a member of many governmental and non-governmental committees; such as the Jordan Scenarios 2020 project.





The Center aims


1. To help to achieve sustainable democracy

2. To operate as a national think-tank

3. To prepare and publish scientific research papers

4. To provide a forum for dialogue

5. To build databases

6. To provide opportunities for training, rehabilitation, and the exchange of expertise and experience.





The Human Rights Program aims at fulfilling the as-yet-unrealized requirements of the human rights movement in Jordan, and spreading the principles of mental and physical freedom, democracy and human rights, both in Jordan and in the Arab world.


The Women's Studies Program focuses special attention on women's movements and organizations, considering them as one of the essential elements of the Jordanian civil society.


The Youth Program aims to develop a democratic and civil culture among youth, to provide them with the necessary skills to identify with their problems, to encourage interaction between youth to successfully solve their problems, and to emphasize the skills needed for today's youth to possess for the region's development.


The Electoral and Parliamentary Studies Program (EPS) focuses on comparative study of parliamentary elections in Jordan, Arab and other countries.


Human Rights Program

The political, social and economic progress of Jordan and the Arab world requires a sound protection and promotion of human rights. UJRC’s Human Rights Program aims at fulfilling the as-yetunrealized requirements of the human rights movement in Jordan, and spreading the principles of mental and physical freedom, democracy and human rights, both in Jordan and in the Arab world. Through public outreach programs, workshops and training sessions, UJRC informs the Jordanian public on the local human rights climate and initiates reform activities for human rights promotion. The program has opened up dialogue with the Jordanian government and other international entities to explore the fundamentals of human rights research. Training courses have been conducted for representatives of Jordan’s human rights organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), lawyers, and United Nations representatives. It has also held informational sessions with the public addressing specific issues of social concern, such as the needs of the elderly, the right to health, and family violence. The program also produces a number of publications presenting its activities and research.
The program has the following objectives:
• To advocate and stress the principles of freedom, democracy and human rights, and seek ways of promoting human rights strategies, locally and regionally
• To investigate drawbacks and obstacles facing public freedom and human rights, and propose practical solutions to enhancing these public rights.
• To provide a platform for dialogue on human rights issues, to exchange expertise and accomplishments of human rights activists, and to discuss encountered obstacles.
• To participate in preparing special national plans to promote the status of human rights through programs teaching human rights, by preparing courses to improve the skills of human rights groups, to evaluate and observe human rights conditions, and to prepare reports.
• To support civil society organizations and stress their role in society
• To contribute to the dialogue on national laws and international treaties concerned with public freedom and human rights.
• To prepare researches, studies and reports and publishing them to execute awareness programs and fulfill the needs of human rights
• To construct a database and a specialized library
• To cooperate with similar national, regional and international organizations and centers, and participate in building networks and a regional human rights monitor.


UJRC engages in the following activities:
• Research
• Roundtable discussions, forums
• Training workshops.





  • Human Rights Report in Jordan - annual

It includes three main sections: the status of economic, social and cultural rights, the status of civil and political rights, and finally, a brief on the human rights status in Jordan.


  • Human Rights Dialogue Newsletters

The newsletter aims to introduce a subject for discussion and then convey its results and recommendations to the largest possible number of people and decision makers. The series also contain translations and researches that fall under the aims and interests of the human rights program. The published newsletters covered the following areas:

- The role of the Department of Family Protection against family violence

- Needs of the elderly in Jordan

- The right to health services in national laws and international treaties

- Temporary law on Public Meetings

  • Jordanian Women's Conditions in 1997, Waleed Hammad (1999) (Arabic and English)
  • Jordanian Women Organizations and their Role in Sustainable Development, Waleed Hammad (1999) (Arabic and English)
  • Jordanian Women and the Electoral Law - Seminar Proceedings (1997)
  • Jordanian Women and Political Action - Seminar Proceedings (1996)
  • Jordanian Democratic Process (English Version) (1996)
  • The City of Amman: Realities and Prospects (1996)
  • Contemporary Electoral Systems (1995)
  • Electoral Legislations as the Cornerstone of the Democratic System (1995)
  • Who's Who in the Jordanian Parliament
  • Studies in Jordan's Parliamentary Elections of 1997, Collective Work (2002)
  • Reading through Jordan's Parliamentary Elections of 1997, Hani Hourani (2000)
  • The Jordanian Legislative Elections 1997, Hani Hourani (2000)
  • Parliamentary Performance... Reality and Prospective - Seminar Proceedings (1996)
  • Contemporary Electoral Systems - Seminar Proceedings, Hussein Abu Rumman (editor) (1995)




Al-Urdun Al-Jadid Research Center (UJRC)

39 Mecca Street, opp. Dahiet al Hussein

Hourani Complex, 3rd floor, Amman.

ph (962 6) 553 3112 /4

fax (962 6) 553 3118

e-mail: ujrc[a]ujrc-jordan.org






Amman Center for Human Rights Studies



Year Established: 1999


Short Historical Background


The Amman Center for Human Rights Studies (ACHRS) is an independent, regional, scientific, advocacy center for studies and training on human rights. It was founded in 1999 and is registered in Jordan. The center aims to spread the culture of human rights in the Arab society promoting awareness on specific aspects related to human rights. The ACHRS carries out its mission in a number of ways. In particular, the ACHRS organizes public conferences, publish research materials and reports, offers training opportunities to a gamut of different sectors of the Arab society and administers thematic websites on human rights. It is a member of several NGO networks such as: Arab Network of NGOs, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network, and the Federation of Human Rights. It is also in special consultative status with the ECOSOC.




ACHRS aims


1. To disseminate a culture of human rights, and to spread knowledge on International Humanitarian Law in Jordan and the Arab world.


2. To contribute to the process of changing society towards a more democratic and social upbringing, and to be conducive to the enhancement of rule of Law and respect for human rights.


3. To provide a free democratic platform for dialogue and for the coordination of the efforts undertaken by governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) active in the field of human rights.


4. To aid governmental and NGOs in monitoring, documenting, and following up on the situation of human rights, as a step towards enforcing these rights on all legislative and executive levels.


5. To participate in revising local laws and regulations to support effective justice reform based on the rule of law.


6. To support the enforcement and protection of women's rights to strengthen their position in society.


7.To dedicate special attention to those segments of society in need of special protection such as children and people with disability.


8. To protect and to encourage human rights activists, and to support them in developing their skills.


9. To provide a scientifically-founded statistical and informational data base on relevant local, regional and international human rights declarations, covenants, and conventions.



Programs and Activities

ACHRS undertakes the following activities:
• More than 375 training courses on different human rights topics with more than 1,1430 participants from 18 different Arab countries
• 16 training of trainers (TOT) on human rights, women’s rights and gender with more than 250 participants from 12 different Arab countries (Algeria, United Arab Emirate, Palestine, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Iraq)
• 124 conferences, seminars, discussion groups and lectures about various human rights cases with 1,200 thinkers, researchers, experts, activists in human rights and civil society from Arab and foreign countries.


Special Concerns


• Human Rights
• Women’s Rights
• Academic Freedom
• Election Monitoring
• Death Penalty
• Juvenile Justice
• Freedom of Expression, Media and Journalism Publications




Academic Freedom
• Academic Freedom in Arab Universities, various authors (2006)
• Academic Freedom and Creativity, Dr. Abd Al Salam Baghdadi (2006)
• Academic Freedom in Iraqi Universities, various authors (2007)
• Academic Freedom in the Universities of Jordan, various authors (2007)
• Academic Freedom in Arab Universities, various authors (2009) Elections and Democracy
• Election Monitoring in Iraq”, Imad Baker (2005)
• “Electoral Systems of the World,” various authors (2007)
• “Report on Elections in the Arab World 2006 – a Human Rights Evaluation“, Elena Moroni and Sofie Bille (2007)
• “Report on Jordanian Elections in 2007” (2007) Justice
• International Humanitarian Law- text and mechanism of implementation on national scope Jordan, Dr. Mohammad Al-Tarawneh, Judge, Amman Appeal Court (2003)
• The Right to a Fair Trial, Judge Dr. Mohammad Al-Tarawneh (2007)
• International Criminal Court, Judge, Dr. Mohammad Al- Tarawneh, (2006)
• Studies in the Field of Juvenile Justice, Judge Dr. Mohammad Al-Tarawneh (2009) Death Penalty and Justice
• ‘Studies on the Death Penalty and Right to Life in the Arab World,’ various authors, ACHRS in conjunction with Penal Reform International, Jordan (2007)
• ‘Human Rights within the Framework of Criminal Justice,’ various authors (2006)
• ‘Report on the Death Penalty in the Arab World, 2006,’ Hansen, S (2007)
• ‘Report on the Death Penalty in the Arab World 2007,’ Jackson Oldfield (2008)
• ‘Report on the Death Penalty in the Arab World 2008’ (2009)
• ‘Report on the Death Penalty in the Arab World 2009,’ Aresheh, Atef (2010) Iraq
• Election Monitoring in Iraq, Imad Baker (2005)
• Academic Freedom and Creativity - Theoretical and Practical Study in Light of the Iraqi, Arab and World Experiences, Prof. Abdulsalam Ibrahim Al-Baghdadi (2007)
• Academic Freedom in Iraqi Universities (2007) Other
• Guide of The Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights- United Nations (Jordanian experiment 2009), Dr. Nizam Asaaf (2009)

Other Relevant Information

ACHRS has facilitated the foundation of the following networks:
• Network for the Elections in the Arab region (ENAR) (2006)
• Arab Network for Trainers in Human Rights (2006)
• Jordanian Network for Trainers in Human Rights (2006)
• Arab League for Democracy (2007)
• Jordanian Coalition Against the Death Penalty (2007)
• Arab Coalition Against the Death Penalty (2007)
• Arab Society for Academic Freedom (2008) ACHRS is a member of the following international organizations:
• Special Consultative Status with United Nations ECOSOC. 21
• International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
• Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network. (EMHRN)
• Founder-Member, Jordanian Coalition for Civil Society Organization
• Founder-Member, Arab Coalition against Death Penalty
• Founder-Member, Arab Union for Workers Education
• Arab Network for NGOs
• International Federation for Workers Education.




Amman Center for Human Rights Studies

Al Abdali, Al Sharaf Building 4th Floor

P.O.Box 212524

Amman 11121, Jordan

ph (962 6) 46 55 043

fax (962 6) 46 55 043

Mobile: 00962-795151590

e-mail: maysoon[a]achrs.org; ir[a]achrs.org



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