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Jordan National Movement

Amman, Jordan

 

www.jordannationalmovement.com

 

Mission Statement: An authentic, independent Jordanian organization seeks to promote democracy, human rights, and political, economic and social reforms, and national strategic issues in Jordan, and constructive and peaceful dialogue to settle current and future conflicts in the Middle East region

 

May 20, 2010

 

For Further Info. Contact: Dr.  Abdul Salam Al-Mualla, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, in the U.S. at (703) 629-5427, Jordan_national_movement@comcast.net.

 

Jordan’s Current State of Political, Economic and Social Affairs: Letter to the International Community

 

Dear Friends

 

We are writing this letter to the International community to profess the facts and uncover the truth about the Jordanian regime and its dictatorial activities in our homeland Jordan. The ongoing and increasing social unrest, intra-tribal fighting, rising poverty levels, endless cases of corruption and human rights abuses, and ill-concealed interference in judges’ rulings are all emphasizing and validating to the anarchy and lawlessness caused by an increasingly absolute, brutal and abusive monarchical regime in this country of 5.5 million people

 

What are the facts that support this statement? Immediately after the last Parliamentary elections, a scientific poll conducted by the University of Jordan's Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS), between October 17, , and November 2, 2007, revealed that “more than three-quarters of the respondents said they were aware of the phenomenon of “vote-buying”, and 66.3 percent of the polled voters said “vote buying” was taking place in their districts. On Sunday, December 17, 2006, Dr. Mohammad Al-Sqoor, member of the board of directors at the National Centre for Human Rights (NCHR), stated that “80 percent of Jordanians, even though they work full-time jobs, are ranked under the poverty line.” The current state debt has increased by 40%, reaching $13.6 billion in the first quarter of 2010. Exports decreased by 10% last year, while GDP growth was 2.8% in 2009 compared to 5.6% in 2008. Another scientific poll conducted by CSS, during the period between Nov. 11 and Nov. 30, 2008, revealed that “80% of respondents stated that they are afraid of publicly criticizing the [appointed] government because they fear persecution that would imperil their security status or livelihoods.” According to a scientific research study conducted by Jerusalem Center for Research Studies in March 2009, “65% of the press and media corps in Jordan have been bribed or contained via physical and verbal threats, bribes, favors, hush money or other suppression measures conducted by the Hashemite regime.” The General Director of the National Center for Diabetes in Jordan, Dr. Kamel Ajloni, stated on November 4, 2008 that 50% of Jordanians have been diagnosed with chronic diseases.” He added that, “82% of Jordanians are overweight, 60% of Jordanian men above 40 have been diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension.” According to the Public Security Department, “122,972 car accidents occurred in 2009 resulting in 676 deaths and 15,662 injuries…This represents an average of 336 car accidents per day

 

Is Jordan heading towards a total collapse? The answer you hear from the great majority of Jordanians is a “resounding yes.” In Jordan, King Abdullah II and his wife Queen Rania are effectively the only decision-makers in the country. A wide range of executive, legislative and judicial powers exclusively lie in the hands of royal couple. In fact, many Jordanians argue that the current de facto ruler is Queen Rania, not the king, which is a clear violation of the current constitution. The king and queen are very busy looking after their personal investments inside Jordan and abroad, particularly in Dubai International Capital and other real state ventures in the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Another issue that rankles Jordanians is the fact that the king does not pay any taxes and no one in Jordan knows his salary or annual income! Due to his abrupt military style, his constant refusal to adopt genuine political reforms, and his limited civil leadership and communication skills, the king has failed to deliver acceptable results in every single area of governance. King Abdullah II whose Arabic language skills in reading and writing are limited, has never spoken or answered questions before live press conference. Because of this limitation, he only delivers short speeches in Arabic since his Arabic vocabulary is weak and he has a difficult time pronouncing words.  These shortcomings are irrelevant; however, the king still has the absolute executive power of appointing and dismissing governments, creating illegitimate and rubber stamp parliaments, and picking and dismissing senior judges, senators and high-ranking advisers at whim

 

In May 2010, the unelected government enacted a temporary election’s law that is much worse than the one it replaces. This new election law contains serious and dangerous flaws that will hinder the development of genuine political participation and reforms in Jordan. This law mandates arbitrary allocation of parliamentary seats to “108 electoral districts,” regardless of the population size. This election device is reminiscent of the old and discredited “rotten borough” provision in the old British House of Commons, where a single estate or village of a few people would qualify as a parliamentary district that had its own “elected” representative in the House of Commons – usually the lord of the estate.  These rotten boroughs were abolished in the British Reform Act of 1832 in the interest of greater democracy

According to several human rights and political activists, lawyers, and journalists in Jordan, this undemocratic law will produce a slanted representation of the country’s dynamic and growing populace in Parliament. Mohammad Masri, researcher and polling expert at the University of Jordan’s Centre for Strategic Studies, described the new law as a “disaster”. Al Ghad daily staff writer, Jamil Nimri, told the Jordan Times newspaper on May 9, 2010 that those who have enacted and ratified this law must “be aware that they are pushing the country into a catastrophe.” This new law keeps the one person, one vote system, which grants a disproportionately large representation to rural and tribal areas and doesn’t develop a strong parliament. Introduced by a Royal Decree in August 1993, ‘the one person, one vote’ system, which is used by only two other countries in the world, Vanuatu and Afghanistan, is known to skew election results in favor of certain societal groups, such as rural and tribal areas at the expense of larger urban ones. In the last elections, this law turned Parliament into an institution that provides services to select favored individuals rather than a body that performs legislative duties. The Jordan National Movement, and several other non-governmental organizations and figures have endorsed the idea that Jordan should instead implement a compromise voting system, where half of the country’s political representatives are voted in by district and the other half by political party. However, the appointed government has failed to engage with political parties and civil society in forming and enacting a new electoral law. Instead, six “Yes Sir” - lackeys of the King men - completed this shameful and unjust project based on direct orders, directions and blessings from the royal couple

What kind of help and support do we need from the International Community? We call upon the current U.S. administration to exert greater pressure on King Abdullah II to switch to a form of constitutional monarchy, introduce a genuine package of political and economic reforms, including the relinquishing of his absolute power to appoint governments and senators. Foreign aid to the appointed Jordanian regime must now be contingent upon introducing these critical reforms to the people of Jordan. Otherwise, the ship of state will continue to sink and conditions will be ripe for Jordan to keep on radicalizing, producing and exporting evil terrorists and murderers, such as Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, Raad Mansour Al-Bana and Humam Khalil Abu-Mulal al-Balawi, to attack innocent civilians in the global and democratic community

 

We must all work together to exert constant pressure on these undemocratic, rogue regimes and make a concerted effort to bring genuine, stable democracy to the Middle East. These tireless efforts will eventually bear fruitful results that will enhance the lives of all the world’s people. Supporting a democratic, stable and secure Middle East is the key factor for maintaining a terror-free world and establishing lasting peace and security in the Middle East

 

 

Cc

Members of U.S. Congress

Members of Parliament in Canada

European Union
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Embassies in Amman, Jordan

Transparency International

U.S. and Worldwide Human Rights Organizations and Political Institutions 

U.S., International and Jordanian Press and Media