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PostPosted: Fri May 02, 2008 3:29 pm 
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30 April 2008

AMMAN -- A Jordanian man was sentenced to six months in prison for murdering his 16-year-old daughter by electrocution for sleeping with a young man. Jordan recorded 17 "honour killings" in 2007, slightly up on previous years. (AFP)

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Jordanian police launch campaign against homosexuals
October 27, 2008

AMMAN, Jordan -- Police authorities launched a crackdown campaign against homosexual men who gather in public places in Amman as part of official efforts to fight "immoral behavior," a police source said today.

Four gay men were arrested earlier this week after they were ambushed by secret service in a public garden in west Amman, the source was quoted by al Ghad Arbic daily today.

"The men were each kept in solitary confinement at Jweideh prison, south Amman, in order to separate them from other prisoners to avoid sexual relation with other inmates," said the police source. The four men, whose names were kept secret due to sensitivity of the issue in this tribal country, remain in prison without charges and authorities refuse to release them on bail.

Amman military governor, Saad Manasir vowed to continue the campaign "until all forms of sexual misconduct are ended." The governor has the right to send citizens to prison for two months without charges "if he felt their freedom represents danger the society," according to the Jordanian law.

"Homosexuality is on the rise in Jordan and they have certain gathering areas as they look for a chance to practice immoral actions," the police source was quoted as saying, as he indicated number of homosexuals is believed to be 600.

Jordan's law bans homosexuality and any man caught having sex with another man faces up to four years behind bars, but the law is rarely practiced.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 30, 2008 4:51 am 
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LOL - 600 homosexuals in Jordan? Oh my. Such a precise number, and obvious sucked out of his thumb... oops, better not mention sucking... Maybe he should confer with Mr Ahmadinejoke from Iran about homosexuals as he says they don't have homosexuals in Iran as they do in other places. The two of them could compare notes as to how they arrived at their estimates ... :D

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Homophobic attack in a gay night club in Amman
By Dan Littauer
1 November 2010

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Every Thursday night, there is a gay friendly party at the Marmara hotel, Amman.

At last Thursday's Halloween party (28/10/2010), around 3am, the two bouncers suddenly pulled out a gun and a knife announcing: "Get out of here within two minutes; otherwise you will be shot with this gun! Don"t ever come back here again or you will be beaten up!" Then they started to vandalise the place and cursed gays with abusive and derogatory terms. Everyone ran out of the club thankfully no one was shot. The people that run the parties know exactly who was responsible and a report was given to the police. However, until this evening (Monday night) no arrests have been made.

One party goer who was present during the attack said to GME: "The whole incident was awful and very scary. We barely have a handful of places to go. We really need to feel protected in such venues!"

Unverified reports/rumours say that one man was beaten up by the bouncers when he was discovered in the bathroom.

Gay Middle East calls upon the Jordanian authorities to follow up the information, investigate and arrest the people responsible for this crime. If you have more reliable information please do not hesitate to contact us on contact@gaymiddleeast.com

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Jordan's first trial for prostitution over the internet
9 February 2011

ROME - The public prosecutor of Amman has accused three brothers, one of whom is currently on the run, of aiding and abetting prostitution and prostitution over the internet. The three accused men used the internet to promote their illegal activities, according to Jordanian daily Al Ghad.

According to the newspaper, the case is the first involving prostitution with the use of the internet in the country. The three brothers were promoting prostitution by publishing pornographic pictures in collaboration with the prostitutes and receiving a fixed percentage of the profits.

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Euromed studies show domestic violence between 40% and 75% across region
9 May 2011

BRUSSELS - Violence against women in the home is the main emergency needed to be tackled by the Mediterranean's southern shores.

The phenomenon affects between 40% and 75% of married women, who suffer mainly at the hands of their husbands. This is the glaring figure contained in a study carried out by the Euromed Gender Equality Programme (EGEP), which has been presented at a conference held in Brussels. The 'Programme to enhance quality between men and women in the Euromed Region', which is financed by the European Union as part of neighbourhood policy, focussed on nine partner countries between 2008 and 2011: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Syria and Tunisia.

"The spread of domestic violence among a figure between 40% and 75% of women is not an overestimate," says Florence Raes, a team leader at EGEP. "There have been interesting investigations into this, the most recent in Morocco, and others have been carried out in the Palestinian Territories and in Syria. Indeed, they all show figures of above 50% and have an impact on emancipation and on the employment market. Women do not leave the house to go to work covered in bruises". The report stresses that the problem is particularly acute in Jordan, where almost seven out of ten women have been the subject of some form of domestic violence, while the figure in Lebanon is over two thirds.

"In terms of sexual abuse, less information is available," Raes continues. The expert adds that "the problem of violence against women exists in all countries, both in private and in public. This assumes different characteristics when other factors are brought into play, such as the honour crimes carried out in Jordan, the Gaza Strip and Lebanon, for example". The report states that between 20 and 25 women are killed every year in Jordan in order to preserve the honour of the family. There were 32 such cases documented in the Palestinian Territories between 2004 and 2006, with the figure rising to 58 in 2007. "It is important to underline that violence against women remains a taboo, an issue shrouded in silence, though less so than in previous years, as there is growing recognition of the problem," Raes explains.

National strategies have been drawn up in a number of countries. "These include Morocco, Algeria and the Palestinian Territories, and the aim is often to coordinate the action of the various ministries in terms of justice, health and security forces," Raes says. Another important factor is the financial costs of the phenomenon. "The impact on women is also a financial one, due to their non-participation in the employment market and on account of justice and health spending".

In the general context of the "Arab spring", what can the European Union do for women's rights? "We have to be very careful and encourage women to take part in democratic transition, and the European Union needs to take steps towards this urgently," Raes continues. "The presence of female protesters in the streets does not mean that they are necessarily in power. In Tunisia, equality has been established between men and women [in terms of candidates running for election], while the Egyptian government does not feature a single woman". Another important requirement, Raes concludes, "is to broaden the sphere of rights that have already been acquired and to be careful of going backwards".

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Jordanian launches campaign to advance polygamy
By DAVID E. MILLER
9 July 2011

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Second (or more) wives club aims to solve the problem of spinsterhood, raise money to pay hold mass weddings, combat dowries.

The wedding of Muhammad Hajaya last week was an unusual event. In the southern city of Karak, 170 miles south of the capital Amman, the Jordanian agricultural engineer married his third wife to make a political point: polygamy is good.

Polygamy is legal in Jordan, but rarely practiced. Frustrated with the growing problem of single women who can"t find mates, Hajaya established the Association to Advocate Polygamy. In its founding statement, the association said it wished to collect money in order to hold mass weddings and combat the mounting cost of dowries, which it claimed prevents men from marrying. "The majority of men, and some women, fear raising the issue, but their hearts speak differently than their tongues," Hajaya wrote in the association's opening statement.

Government statistics show that more and more Jordanians are opting to remain single. In 1997, marriage contracts were confirmed for 10 out of every 1,000 Jordanians, but that number dropped to eight out of 1,000 in 2006. Some 87,000 Jordanian women aged 30 and over are unmarried while the average marriage age for women rose from 21 in 1979 to 26.4 in 2008.

Polygamy had been on the decline in the Middle East throughout the 20th century, but the trend shifted in Saudi Arabia in the late 1970s and is now spreading to the rest of the Muslim world as part of the Islamic revival spreading across the region. A poll taken last year by SingleMuslim.com of its members found that a majority acknowledged that Islamic law permitted it but only a third would enter such a marriage personally. A large majority of women respondents said they would never choose it.

"In a traditional Islamic society such as Jordan, spinsterhood is a real social problem," Fatima Al-Smadi, a journalism professor at Zarqa University and columnist for the Jordanian daily Al-Arab Al-Yawm, told The Media Line. "According to Islam, relations between man and woman must be within the framework of the family." She said that there were even women in Jordan who have been propagating the idea of polygamy as a remedy to spinsterhood.

Leila Hammarneh, projects director at the Arab Women Organization of Jordan, said that her organization had tried to insert a clause in the new Personal Status Law of 2010 outlawing polygamy in Jordan, following a similar law in Morocco. She said, however, that Jordan's Ministry of Endowments refused the request, arguing it was "unimportant." "I"m against polygamy in principle and believe it should be banned by law," Hammarneh told The Media Line. "It harms the woman's honor and adversely affects the children in the household." She added that polygamy wasn"t limited to tribal areas in southern Jordan but was quite common in poor neighborhoods throughout the kingdom, including Amman.

But Smadi, the journalism professor, argued that it was rather the rich urban Jordanians who preferred to take more than one wife and not the agricultural rural inhabitants, where women were more independent and worked outside the home. "The problem is there"s no scientific research on the issue. On both sides of the debate it's all personal impressions," Smadi told The Media Line. She said that supporters of polygamy use religious justifications for their standpoint, whereas women's organizations who oppose the phenomenon tend to use secular argumentation, which rings foreign to the sensibilities of most Jordanians. But Smadi said that proponents of polygamy misinterpreted the text of the Quran. "I believe Islam only permitted polygamy in very limited cases," she said. "Islam emphasizes justice, and when a male harms the family structure - he sins."

Smadi added that under Islam, women may insert a clause in their marriage contract prohibiting their husband from marrying a second wife, or allowing for automatic divorce in case he does.

Polygamy is a touchy issue in the Arab world. A provocative article published in 2009 by Saudi journalist Nadine Al-Bedair in the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm caused public uproar when she sarcastically demanded to marry multiple husbands. The Association to Advocate Polygamy admitted that on average Jordanian men remained single even longer than women, but did not explain how its proposal would affect male celibacy.

Source: Jerusalem Post.

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The Association to Advocate Polygamy admitted that on average Jordanian men remained single even longer than women, but did not explain how its proposal would affect male celibacy.


LOL - maybe they should let Jordanian women marry more than one man! Sounds fair to me.

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'Rape-law' triggers fury in Jordan
28 June 2012

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AFP - The ordeal of a 14-year-old girl who was kidnapped and raped repeatedly for three days has infuriated Jordanians, especially when her attacker agreed to marry her to avoid going to jail.

In conservative Muslim societies like Jordan, rapists can walk free thanks to penal code Article 308, known as the "rape-law."

In April, the unidentified girl was shopping in the northern city of Zarqa when a 19-year-old man kidnapped her, took her to the desert where he had a pitched a tent and raped her for three consecutive days, judicial sources said. Police found the girl during a routine patrol, drove her back to her family home and arrested the man. Within days news emerged that the boy had agreed to marry the girl, while all charges against him have been dropped.

Earlier this month, another girl, aged 15, was talked into following a young man to an empty apartment in Amman where she was also raped. Judicial sources say the young man is now desperately trying to work out an arrangement with her family to marry her, to avoid going to jail.

Article 308 allows rape charges to be dropped if the perpetrator agrees to marry the victim. He cannot divorce the woman for five years. "This article of the law not only helps perpetrators walk free, it rewards them by allowing them to marry their victims, who get punished ... for God knows what," Nadia Shamrukh, head of the Jordanian Women's Union, told AFP. "By applying this law, another crime is committed. How can this 14-year-old girl, who is a minor anyway, marry her rapist? Can you imagine this?"

The rape of a child under the age of 15 is punishable by death in Jordan, which recorded 379 cases of rape in 2010, according to court documents. "In one case, we tried so hard to prevent a rapist from marrying an 18-year-old girl, who did not want to end up being his wife," said Eva Abu Halaweh, a lawyer and human rights activist who heads law group Mizan. "But the girl's father struck a deal with the unemployed rapist, who was already married to another woman and had six children. He was unable to provide for his family and his wife was a beggar."

Abu Halaweh said the law is "inefficient anyway." "It should be scrapped. What if a girl gets raped by more than one man? In this case, Article 308 will fail to address the problem," she said. "Even if the victim does not resist marrying her rapist, he should not walk free ... The penalty could be reduced."

But Israa Tawalbeh, the country's first woman coroner, sees "nothing wrong in Article 308 as such." "The problem is how some local and international human rights groups interpret the law," she told AFP. "Actual rape cases are rare in our society. Sometimes, girls under 18 lose their virginity to force their families to accept marriage to their boyfriends. The law categorises this as rape." Tawalbeh said the law "solves problems for some." "Accepting marriage under Article 308 is better than leaving girls to be killed by their parents or relatives," she said. "I think the law fits our society and reality. It protects the girls by forcing attackers to marry them."

In Jordan, between 15 and 20 women are murdered annually in the name of "honour" and at least six such killings have been reported so far this year, according to authorities. Murder is punishable by death, but in "honour killings," courts sometimes commute or reduce sentences.

But Hani Jahshan, who is a forensic pathologist and physician at the health ministry and the Family Protection Directorate, has a quite different view of Article 308. "This law is a stark violation of rights of women and children," he said "Sexual violence has a deep impact on victims that could last for a long time, and if a raped girl marries her rapist, her suffering will only be aggravated." Jahshan blamed social misconceptions. "Society believes that a female's virginity must be preserved until marriage. This forces girls to marry their rapists in order to protect her reputation and avoid social problems," he said.

Jordanians, particularly women activists, have held several street protests against the law. "This issue must be effectively addressed," Nadia Hashem Alul, Jordan's first state minister for women's affairs, told AFP. "I think Article 308 should be amended to ensure justice to rape victims."

Source: France24.

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Ten gays and lesbians arrested in Jordan for holding get-together
27th February 2014
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Ten gay and lesbian people have been arrested in Jordan for holding a get-together in a party hall.

The arrests took place in east Amman, a security official confirmed on Thursday, saying they were made to “prevent a disturbance of the peace”.

“The administrative governor of the Marka area, Adnan Qatarneh, ordered the arrest of the 10 gays and lesbians after they held a reception at a party hall on Wednesday to get to know each other,” he told the AFP. “The arrests were made to prevent a disturbance of the peace,” he went on.

Despite being widely seen as unacceptable, homosexuality is not illegal in Jordan. A second security official said: “There are no laws in Jordan to deal with homosexuality cases. It is up to administrative governors to decide how to handle such issues, including any period of detention.”

The State Department in the US gave a report recently on the situation for gay people in Jordan, which found that they face extreme discrimination. “Legal and societal discrimination and harassment remained a problem for women, religious minorities, religious converts, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community,” read the report.

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Jordan repeals law that allowed rapists to marry their victims
By Nehal El-Sherif
1 August 2017

Cairo (dpa) - Jordan's lower house of parliament repealed a law on Tuesday that allowed rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims, according to the official news agency Petra.

Parliament Speaker Atef Tarawneh said the measure passed with a majority vote, without elaborating on the number of lawmakers who voted against it. There are 130 members in the lower house.

"Today is an important step for feminist movements and non-governmental organizations who managed to put this amendment on the discussion table and urge for the protection of female victims of sexual assault," said Hala Ahed, legal consultant at Jordanian Women's Union, a non-governmental women's rights group based in Amman. "The article did not have a positive effect on society. On the contrary, it was an easy way out [for attackers]. Yet, now the repeal makes the state responsible for supporting victims of assault," she told dpa.

A royal committee had suggested abolishing the controversial Article 308 in February, among its recommendations on amending the country's 1960 penal code. King Abdullah established the committee in September 2016 to present proposals to parliament to amend the criminal justice system.

The amendment will now be discussed by the 65-member Senate, the upper house of parliament. If approved, it will be sent to King Abdullah for ratification. "We have been working for years to achieve justice for women and our work is not done yet. There is a conservative bloc within the Senate, so we will continue our mobilization until the law is ratified," Ahed added. Earlier on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch called on lawmakers to remove the article "to strengthen the rule of law and end impunity for violence against women."

On July 26, Tunisia's parliament scrapped a similar provision in its penal code. Morocco removed it in January 2014, while Egypt did so in 1999. Other countries in the region that retain similar provisions include Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Palestine, and Syria, according to HRW.

Source: dpa

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