Human rights groups on Wednesday accused Jordan of clamping down on civil
society and violating citizens’ rights to freedom of association, after the
government decided to block hundreds of thousands of dollars in foreign funding
to an Amman legal aid center.
US-based NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW)
described as “chilling” the decision by Jordan’s cabinet to use new laws on NGO
funding to disallow the Tamkeen Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights from
receiving $350,000 in grants for migrant worker legal aid
Tamkeen (“Empowerment”) is headquartered in Amman and provides
free legal aid to marginalized groups and victims of human rights abuses,
including migrant workers who make up around a quarter of Jordan’s workforce.