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1. Geography
2. Political situation
3. Economy
a. Figures
4. Health
5. Education
a. Universities
6. Demographics
7. Religions
a. Freedom
8. Peoples
9. Languages
10. Human rights
11. History
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Human rights

Jordan is high on the list of countries criticized for violations of human rights. Still, much of the criticism relies on international organizations unwillingness to distinguish between moderate, democratic ideologies and extreme ideologies. Jordan is a country under great threat of Islamism, thereby seeing a struggle with forces that strives towards a society of brutal suppression and no human rights, whereas Jordan's government largely promotes a society close to Western ideals of individual freedom. Consequently, Jordan's suppression of some is an effort to protect the human rights of the majority.
In total, Jordan's poor human rights record expresses the corrupt ethics with groups like Amnesty International, whereas the truth is that the majority of ordinary citizens benefits greatly from the government's efforts. Yet, there are several points where life in Jordan falls short.
The major victims of violations on human rights are women. The old practice of honour killings against daughters and wives still happens to an extent that is not expressed in any available estimate. These killings are often not investigated by the police and new legislation to prevent the practice has yet to become effective. Jordanian government also does nothing to stop the use of niqab, a dress that suppresses Muslim women in social life.
Female foreign workers, primarily from Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka work under poor conditions and with few civil rights, there is no form of minimum wage.
Jordanian national law explicitly expresses that citizenship may be granted to "Any person who, not being Jewish". Today, this has no practical importance, as there are no Jews left in the country.
Jordan uses the death penalty, and is accused of permitting torture to be used commonly with police and in prisons.
Jordan has a fair level of religous freedom; Islam is the state religion but other religions are protected by law. National laws prohibit conversion from Islam and proselytism of Muslims. A convert from Islam will usually be persecuted by Jordanian courts and punished by fines or loss of civil rights.
Strict regulations on freedom of the press were introduced in 2001. Many, journalists and religious leaders, have been arrested, but many of these have expressed ideologies that involves the loss of general human rights.

By Tore Kjeilen