Jordan: Skyline condemns the arrest of an activist during her visit to a political prisoner on charges of "spreading false news"
Stockholm- The international human rights foundation Skyline calls on Jordanian authorities to end restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression and to work for the release of all prisoners of conscience. It emphasies that the continued detention unjustifiably violates both the rights enshrined in the Jordanian Constitution and the rules of international law.
In a statement released today (Thursday), Skyline raises concern over the arrest of activist "Sumaya Abu Naba'a" by the Jordanian authorities during her visit to the "Ali al-Damani" prison of conscience on July 24. She was surprised to learn that she is wanted by the judiciary for "spreading false news" after she published a paper on the case of the murder of student "Iman Irsheed".
"Skyline" referrs to the testimony of "Malik Abu Orabi," a lawyer and member of the National Forum for Freedoms, who confirmed in a press interview that "Sumaya visited one of the political prisoners, Ali al-Damani, who was on hunger strike, and she was surprised when she made the visit request that she is wanted for more than one center." My security guard, who contacted me by phone and told me that she was in Marka prison, told her during the visit that she was wanted and that she had been arrested and transferred to the North Amman Police Directorate. She was mainly accused of spreading false news for reporting the case of student Iman Arsheed.
Skyline highlights that the arrest of "Abu Nabaa" coincided with the release of "Ali Al-Damani" who came to visit him after his hunger strike that lasted 45 days. It was released during his detention."
According to the Jordanian Observatory for Human Rights and the Oppressed, activist "Abu Naba'a" announced in a phone call with her family that she had gone on an indefinite hunger strike on Tuesday night to protest the conditions of her arrest.
It is noteworthy that the two events coincided with the State Security Court prosecutor's indictment of activist "Anas Al-Jamal," who has been detained for some 62 days on the grounds of issues related to freedom of opinion and expression in Jordan.
Malik Abu Orabi, a member of the National Forum for Freedoms, confirmed that "there are about 70 political prisoners in Jordan for expressing their opinions." He pointed out that "the circumstances of their detention have been affected by several violations, in particular by placing them in prisons far from their homes and denying them visits to their families and lawyers without legal grounds."
Skyline stresses that the Jordanian authorities' continued restrictive behavior toward activists and freedom of expression is a serious violation of the rights enshrined in the Jordanian Constitution and in numerous international agreements guaranteeing freedom of opinion and expression, most notably the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights .
The human rights foundation Skyline concludes its statement by calling on the Jordanian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release the Jordanian activist and all prisoners of conscience, and to work to ensure that individuals and activists can exercise their fundamental rights, first and foremost the right to freedom of opinion and expression, without restrictions or prosecution.