Realising the protection gap in Zaatari Camp, ARDD led the efforts advocating the establishment of a Shari’a court in the camp, which came to fruition in July 2014, when a Shari’a court was opened in the Zaatari camp. This was an important milestone in the history of legal systems in refugee camps because it marks the second time a formal, official court has been introduced in a refugee camp, the first being in Dabaab, Kenya.
Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development advocates for free medical treatment for Jordanian children above the age of six. Therefore, ARDD submitted a detailed letter to government bodies, describing the "clear and explicit violations of the rights of children in the field of access to health care." ARDD also criticized the exhausting process of granting medical exemptions to children above six years old, based on Article 26; which provides treatment for Jordanian children under the age of six in the centers and hospitals of the Ministry of Health as long as they are not covered by any other health insurance.
Over 13 Jordanian artists came together at the American Excellence School in Amman on Saturday 8th of July to show solidarity with the parents of Sadeen; the girl who died early May due to alleged medical negligencein Irbid. The event was organized by artist Kamal Ariqatand funded by ARDD and in cooperation with the artists, school administration and Baqa for Culture and Art Association. Read more in Ammonnews.
The founders of The Middle East and North Africa Civil Society Network for Displacement, expressed the importance of civil society organizations in responding to the current refugee crises in the region. ARDD believes civil society plays a key role in ensuring sustainability for the refugee response plan in the region. Read more in Alghad.
Check out in this article published by Family Flavours Magazine how 30-year old Sarah is economically empowered after participating in Woman's Access to Justice (WAJ). WAJ is a three-year project funded by Ministry for Foreign Affairs (Finland) and in partnership with Oxfam GB, aims to contribute to equitable access to formal and informal justice for poor and vulnerable women in the society.
The Jordan Times published an article related to the case of Sadeen, the nine-year old gils who died in early May because of alleged medical negligence while she was receiving treatment at Princess Rahma Hospital in the Irbid Governorate.
The Jordan Times published an article written by ARDD’s CEO Samar Muhareb on OPEV, a body that seeks to involve civil society organisations in Jordan in creating spaces that provide necessary alternatives to violent extremism. OPEV and its members see an urgent need for integrated action between civil society and official national institutions to address all forms of violent extremism. Read the full story in the Jordan Times.
The Jordanian organisation Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) welcomes the long-awaited move by the Cabinet to remove Article 308 of the Penal Code.
In its current form, Article 308 stipulates that rapists are spared punishment or legal prosecution if they marry their victims and stay with them for five years.
The removal of Article 308 means that such crimes can undergo proper investigation, prosecution and punishment of perpetrators, which is a great step forward.
However, ARDD believes that legislative change alone does not translate into change in community traditions and customs, especially those that are deeply rooted.