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Setting it right

Aug 20,2017 - Last updated at Aug 20,2017

The campaign to achieve full justice for the children of Jordanian women married to foreigners will continue, a group of women activists vowed, until the demands are met.

After campaigning for the right to pass on to children the Jordanian nationality since 2009, the group obtained, in 2014, the government promise to ensure the proper application of some “privileges”, including obtaining residence permits, applying for driving licences and real estate ownership, and enjoying educational, health, labour and investment benefits.

The children affected do not need “privileges”, but full rights as guaranteed in the Constitution.

True, Article 6 of the Constitution fails to mention the word “gender” when it comes to equality, an omission that might not be that innocent.

Once the article is clearly defined by the Constitutional Court, the activists know whether they have the basis on which to request equal rights.

There can be no gender-based discrimination of any sort in a progressive Constitution. Yet, while Jordanian men married to foreigners can pass on to their children their nationality, Jordanian women are denied that right.

Successive governments have been ignoring, or outright rejected granting, this right, hoping the issue will just fade away.

Some government figures claim that granting children of Jordanian women married to Palestinians — mostly Gazans — citizenship undermines the Palestinians’ right of return to their homeland.

That makes no sense. The right of return, prescribed in international law, cannot be precluded by the right to citizenship and everything that derives from that right.

It is high time the government caught the bull by its horns and tackled the issue rationally and humanely.

Jordan is bound by international human rights bodies to act without discrimination.

 

The government need not wait for parliament to take the initiative and correct this injustice. But for that, it must show determination and political will.

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ONCE AGAIN, THANKS TO JORDAN TIMES FOR WEIGHING IN ON THIS TABOO ISSUE OF JUSTICE FOR ALL. BLAME GAME IS OVER BECAUSE NEITHER ISRAELIS NOR PALESTINIANS CREATED THE INTERNATIONAL LAWS ON HUMAN RIGHTS NOR THE JORDANIAN CONSTITUTION SO USING THESE TWO PARTIES AS AN EXCUSE TO DISCRIMINATE FLIES IN THE FACES OF THE VICTIMS. JORDANIAN MEN MARRIED TO US CITIZENS ENJOY THEIR DUAL NATIONALITIES ANA STILL CALL BOTH COUNTRIES HOME SWEET HOMES. HOW WILL THE JORDANIANS SEE IT IF USA FIRES BACK TO STOP ALL FORMS OF NATURALIZATION OF JORDANIAN MEN MARRIED TO US CITIZENS. THERE SHOULD BE NO EXCUSE ON EARTH TO EXILE YOUR CITIZENS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY MARRIED THE WRONG PERSON. WHO SAID THAT MEN ARE THE DECIDERS OF DESTINY, CITIZENSHIPS AND RIGHTS OF ANY CITIZEN?. WHO SAID THAT WOMEN SHOULD REMAIN SLVES IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY?. WHO SAID THAT THE MEN AND THEIR WIFES AND CONCUBINES DOES NOT DILUTE WHAT IS TERMED PURE JORDANIAN DEMOGRAPHY?. IT IS IN FACT DISTURBING THAT IN 2017, JORDAN STILL EXCLUDES THEIR GRAND CHILDREN FROM HEALTH INSURANCE, PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SOCIAL AMMINITIES AND REQUIRES THEM TO VISIT THE POLICE STATIONS FOR PAPERS, VISAS AND FEES. HOW MANY JORDANIAN MEN ARE MARRIED TO NON JORDANIAN WOMEN?. ALL THESE INJUSTICES ARE IN FACT INCONGRUENT WITH THE JORDANIAN HOSPITALITY, FRIENDLINESS AND QUEST FOR MODERNIZATION. THE GOVERNMENT HAS FORGOTTEN THAT SOME FOREIGN MAJOR DONORS ARE AFFECTED IN THIS DARK AGES POLICY AND WHAT IF THEY CUT OFF THESE FOREIGN AIDS?. I DO KNOW A LOT OF FAMILIES AFFECTED BY THIS UNFORTUNATE MEDIVAL RULES OF GENDER BASHING AND BONDAGES AND WHEN WILL THIS END? ITS TIME TO ADD THIS RULES TO THE ANALS OF HISTORY RATHER THAN ACTS OF INHUMANITY. ITS TIME TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT, TELL THE TRUTH AND SAVE CIVILIZATION. YOUR DAUTHERS, WIFES AND MOTHERS ARE ALSO HUMAN AS JORDANIAN MEN.

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