EU-Jordan Subcommittee on Human Rights, Democratisation and Governance: twelfth meeting praises Jordan’s positive strides

March 9, 2020
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The European Union and Jordan held the twelfth meeting of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, Democratisation and Governance on 4 March 2020 in Amman. The meeting was jointly chaired by H.E Minister Plenipotentiary Ali AlBsoul, Director of Human Rights and Human Security Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, and H.E Ambassador Maria Hadjitheodosiou, the Head of the European Union Delegation to Jordan.

The representatives of the EU and Jordan discussed regional issues, human rights and fundamental freedoms, equality and non-discrimination, the rule of law, good governance and democracy support, and multilateral issues.

Both parties underlined the importance of multilateralism and respecting international law. The EU acknowledged that, against the backdrop of a challenging regional situation, Jordan has made positive strides, and indicated its continued support to implement reforms in Jordan. Both parties agreed that there are remaining challenges to be addressed. The EU reaffirmed its commitment to continuing to support the implementation of Jordan’s National Human Rights Action Plan 2016-2025.

Both parties discussed efforts to address challenges that both the EU and Jordan are facing through policy dialogue and specific programmes to support Jordanian reform efforts and to further improve human rights and rule of law in the country.

Both parties underlined that women’s rights, freedom of expression and association are at the core of their policies. They underlined the important role of civil society in promoting prosperity, peace and stability. Thus the need to assure an environment that is conducive to a thriving civil society, which can contribute to socio-economic development and political transformation.

Finally the EU commended Jordan’s hospitality and tremendous efforts towards the people fleeing the conflict in Syria and committed to continue supporting those efforts.


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Countries covered:

  • Jordan