Jordan

The Kingdom of Jordan must commit to legal reforms on digital rights and desist from arbitrary use of state power to curtail online freedoms.

Jordan is a monarchy where the King plays a major role in its politics and governance. It is located in Western Asia with a population close to 10.3 million as of 2021. While internet access has improved in Jordan since the cycle 2, the government violates digital rights through arrests of journalists, blocking of online content and arbitrary electronic surveillance. Digital rights like freedom of expression online, data protection, access to information online are currently under threat in Jordan. Applicable provisions that violate digital rights in laws like the Press and Publications Law, Penal Code and Cybercrime Law need to be amended. In order to improve the digital rights operational environment in Jordan, the government must commit to the reform of these laws that impede digital rights and desist from arbitrary surveillance, arrests and blocking of online content.

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    79%

    Households with internet access in 2017

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    62.3%

    Individuals using internet in 2017

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    5.8

    Fixed Broadband Subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2017

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    129/180

    Press Freedom Ranking 2021

Upr cycle

Jordan was last reviewed in November 2018. Their next review is in 12 months, which is scheduled for November 2023. It is currently in the National Consultation phase of its UPR cycle. To find out more about the UPR lifecycle click on the Uproar Tools button

Digital Rights and Free Expression Recommendations

Cycle 1
01
Cycle 2
10
21
Cycle 3
08
13
Cycle 4

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      Partner organisations

      Over a hundred local and international human rights organisations are part of the wider Uproar programme. You can find them listed here.

      Jordan cluster

      The country clusters are a local working group in each Uproar target country made up of our partner organisations. The clusters are organised by local lead organisations, who then coordinate local civil society and human rights defenders with digital rights expertise to engage in national-level advocacy and campaigning.