Jordan-Overview

Mass citizen mobilisation across the Arab region in 2010 and 2011 resulted in a sense of empowerment for Jordanian civil society. In the uprisings’ immediate aftermath, and in response to these events, the government introduced a number of legal and constitutional amendments aimed at improving respect for individual freedoms, particularly the freedoms of association, expression and peaceful assembly. These changes strengthened the role of civil society organisations, and enabled their activism for democratic change. In more recent years, however, space for the exercise of public freedoms has reduced, as authorities introduced restrictions under the pretext of the rising threat of terrorism and a more turbulent political atmosphere.