Rivalry within the royal family is threatening Jordan’s stability. A king seen to be heading a corrupt state and a Prince loved by the people.
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Currently, Jordan is grappling with an aggressive agenda of democratic reforms proposed by a royal commission in October 2021.
On Monday, a former top adviser to King Abdullah II and a royal relative pleaded not guilty to accusations of sedition and incitement.
Jordan’s unfolding events have revealed not only a political crisis, but also a deepening crisis of intelligence and journalism.
The public prosecutor in Jordan has banned media coverage of rift between King Abdullah II and former Crown Prince Hamzah.
Jordan sent a tough message on dissent in Royal family. The message contradicts senior royal’s claim of being targeted for fighting corruption.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged in the UAE to immediately release Ahmed Etoum jailed for criticising the government of Jordan.
The crackdown comes at a time when Jordanian activists started protests over economic conditions in 2018 but fizzled out into 2019. That has been a recurring theme in 2019.
Jordanian authorities have increasingly targeted political and anti-corruption activists on charges that violate the right to free expression.
The Trump administration has cut funding to the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, calling the organization “irredeemably flawed.”