UN Human Rights Committee criticizes Jordan and Poland for terrorism laws

On Jordan, the Committee was concerned about the “vague and broad definition of “terrorist activities in the 2006 Prevention of Terrorism Act”. It also was concerend at the high number of reported cases of torrture iand ill-treatment in detention centres, particularly in the GID facilities. It was also concerned at the absence of a genuinely independent complaints mechanism to deal with cases of torture or ill-treatement perpetrated by puclic officials, as well as at the low number of prosecutions of such cases. Furthermore, the Committee was concerned that the Law on Crime Prevention empowers governors to authorize the detention witihout charge, and without generally accessible safeguards, or trial of anyone “deemed to be a danger to society”.

On Poland, the Committee expressed concern that “the definition of a terrorist crime, as laid down in article 115 of the Penal Code, is broad and does not adequately define the nature and consequences of the acts. It also notes concerns about the former existence of a secret detention centre. Somewhat strangely the Committee “notes with concern that the investigation conducted by the Fifth Department for Organized Crime and Corruption of the Appellate Prosecution Authority in Warsaw is not yet concluded.”


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