The Jordan Prevention of Terrorism Act 2006: A Proportionate Response to Amman Terrorist Attacks?

AL-Rawashdeh, Sami Hamdan
November 2010
European Journal of Social Sciences;Nov2010, Vol. 17 Issue 3, p316
Academic Journal
This research paper examines whether the measures contained in the Jordan Prevention of Terrorism Act No. (55) of 2006 meet the tests of proportionality and necessity, and meet the requirements of international human rights law. The purpose of this research is to highlight the failure of the prosecution powers regime under the 2006 Act to reconcile competing demands of human rights and interests of security. This article demonstrates that the new Act fails to meet tests of proportionality and necessity. Moreover, this legislation shows little respect to human rights and democratic values, and provides a curb which looks increasingly frail and precarious. Furthermore, the Act needs to be properly scrutinised to ensure compatibility with the international human rights documents. The new regime has missed the opportunity to simplify the law and to clarify the limits of the right of the state to intrude into the private life of its citizen. It is highly doubtful that the Act has gone through a process of human rights assessment and, therefore, the Act is likely to fall foul of the human rights requirements. It is contended that new counter-terrorist measures are opposed to democratic ideals.


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