The EU-Jordan Subcommittee on Human Rights, Governance and Democracy kicks off deliberations

Amman, Feb. 14 (Petra)- The EU-Jordan Subcommittee on Human Rights, Governance and Democracy on Wednesday held its 11th annual meeting, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, at the Jordanian Diplomatic Institute to discuss issues related to democracy, human rights, the rule of law and relevant progress achieved in these fields.

Ambassador Mahmoud Al-Hamoud, Lupe Norbon from the European side, and the EU Ambassador to Amman, Andrei Montana, chaired the meeting, attended by representatives of a number of ministries, official and national institutions, and delegates from the European missions working here.

Al-Hamoud reviewed the longstanding and strategic relationship between Jordan and the European Union as the two sides agree on many issues and stances, in regard to events in the Middle East and globally.

He pointed to the recent meeting held between the two sides and its key outcomes in terms of boosting public freedoms and propagating the culture of democracy, moderation and tolerance.

He referred to the sixth discussion paper of His Majesty King Abdullah II, which focused on the development of the judiciary, the rule of law and the ensuing formation of the Royal Committee for the Development of the Judiciary.

In turn, Norbon said Jordan-EU relations are characterized by robust and positive cooperation on most issues regionally and globally.

He highlighted the Kingdom's crucial efforts in promoting freedom, boosting the culture of human rights and entrenching peace-driven and human values.

The Government Coordinator at Prime Ministry Bassel Al-Tarawneh, said Jordan, under the direct guidance of His Majesty King Abdullah II, has always been committed to rendering human rights a top priority in a bid to develop clear strategies that take into account national security and values.

Al-Tarawneh said Jordan is committed to implementing the recommendations approved and ratified in accordance with international conventions and treaties, the most important of these is the Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights, which Amman will discuss at Geneva this year.

He explained the comprehensive national human rights plan is a real road map for the Jordanian state in terms of strengthening the human rights network.

On the sidelines of the meeting, participants will look into ways to strengthen the Jordanian-EU relations and discuss a number of key issues related to the political dialogue on the Syrian and Palestinian issues, in addition to reviewing several laws on human rights and anti-torture.
Petra News Agency
February 14, 2018