The committee in charge of preparing a national human rights plan on Saturday met representatives of the Jordan Press Association (JPA) as part of the consultative process to focus on the importance of media's role in raising awareness and rallying support for the government's policies to protect human rights.
The coordination meeting recognized the importance of media's participation in formulating a strategy to come up with solutions that can make a difference. It also emphasized on the role of media in creating a culture of law in the society, and dealing with impediments in the implementation of international human rights legislation.
The government coordinator on human rights, Basel Tarwaneh, stressed that the Kingdom possesses a real and strong will to promote trust and confidence among citizens and residents of Jordan by strengthening the concept of human rights.
On his part, the National Centre for Human Rights' Commissioner, General Mousa Burayzat, said that all people from all walks of society agree on the importance of human rights and their role in promoting a culture of citizenship. He noted the formulation of a national plan for human rights was the result of the Center's recommendations in a report.
Burayzat added, "Jordan's experience has proved that our problem with human rights is mere executive one, due to the diversity of legal and administrative culture and the contrast in the level of awareness about it." He stressed the importance of comprehensive and diverse inputs to achieve the desired goals of the Commission and added that the plan will then be able to offer logical and consistent output in accordance with the international legislation in this area.
JPA President Tareq Momani noted the seriousness of the government in dealing with the issue of human rights, whether through the National Center for Human Rights, or via the committee that has been set up and entrusted with preparing an integrated strategy for human rights in Jordan.