COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION
OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
OF REPORTS SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES
UNDER ARTICLE 9 OF THE CONVENTION
Concluding observations of the Committee on the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination
1. The Committee considered
the ninth to twelfth periodic reports of Jordan (CERD/C/318/Add.1),
at its 1288th and 1289th meetings, on 11 and 12 August 1998. At its
1298th meeting, on 18 August 1998, it adopted the following concluding
2. The Committee welcomes
the opportunity to resume the dialogue with the State party on the basis
of the ninth to twelfth reports and the core document (HRI/CORE/1/Add.18/Rev.1).
While the report did not follow the guidelines established by the Committee
for the presentation of reports and more specific information is needed
on the implementation of the Convention, the Committee expresses its
appreciation for the answers provided by the delegation to the many
questions asked in the course of the discussion.
B. Factors and difficulties impeding the
implementation of the Convention
3. It is noted that the
State party's difficult economic situation may affect the full implementation
of the Convention in Jordan.
C. Positive aspects
4. Efforts made by the State
to host Palestinian refugees, and to facilitate their integration while
retaining their identity, are noted with satisfaction.
5. The establishment of
the national Centre for Human Rights is welcomed by the Committee.
6. It is noted with satisfaction
that there are a more than proportionate number of seats in the Jordanian
House of Representatives which are held by persons who are members of
D. Principal subjects of concern
7. Concern is expressed
that, since the protections in the Penal Code are limited to groups
which constitute the nation, the provisions of article 4 are not fully
implemented and non-citizens may not receive the protections envisaged
in article 5 (a) and (b) of the Convention.
8. With regard to article
7 of the Convention, it is regretted that little further information
was provided following the eight paragraphs regarding this article in
the previous report.
E. Suggestions and recommendations
9. The Committee recommends
that the State party's next report clarify whether article 12 of the
Labour Act derives from an agreement concluded between members of the
League of Arab States and is applicable to all citizens of those States
irrespective of their ethnic or national origin.
10. The Committee recommends
that the State party present in its next report information on the number
of complaints, judgements and compensation awards arising from racist
acts, regardless of their nature.
11. The Committee recommends
that the State party ratify the amendments to article 8, paragraph 6,
of the Convention, adopted on 15 January 1992 at the Fourteenth Meeting
of States Parties to the Convention.
12. The Committee recommends
that the State party's next periodic report, due on 29 June 1999, be
a comprehensive report, taking into account all requests for specific
information listed above and all the points raised in consideration
of the report.