Education International condemns the ban on a Jordanian Teachers' Association (JTA) public press conference scheduled for October 26th. The ban was imposed by the Jordanian authorities and the security forces issued an order from the Governor of Amman to ban the union's press conference. The JTA press conference was convened to discuss the educational situation in Jordan and the conditions for teachers. The press conference also attempted to reach JTA members as the organization has been closed for two years.
The JTA Defense Committee informed Education International that this law is only the latest in a series of government actions against freedoms. These freedoms include freedom of expression and expression, guaranteed by the country's constitution and enshrined in international and regional human rights instruments signed and agreed by Jordan.
According to the JTA, the ban on the press conference is a clear violation of the rights of all Jordanian citizens and an excuse to silence peaceful differences of opinion.
Raids and arrests
On July 24th, police raided and closed the JTA headquarters in Amman and 11 of its branches across the country, and arrested the 13 board members on dubious legal grounds.
The authorities have prevented or violently broken up ongoing peaceful protests and arrested nearly 500 teachers and activists. They also put a toggle order in place on any reporting of the situation, including sharing content or commenting on social media.
For the union, the government has taken advantage of the state of emergency caused by COVID-19 to quell public outrage over the arbitrary shutdown of the JTA.