Jordan urged to halt stripping nationality off Palestinian-origin citizens

11:00, February 02, 2010      

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Monday that Jordan should stop withdrawing nationality from Jordanians of Palestinian origin.

The report, released at a press conference in the Jordanian capital of Amman, said that between 2004 and 2008 the authorities stripped the Jordanian nationality of more than 2,700 people of Palestinian origin, and the practice continued in 2009.

At the press conference, Christoph Wilcke, a senior researcher in HRW's Middle East and North Africa Division, said that all people have the right to have a nationality.

He said the Palestinians have no state and depriving them of a nationality means that they will be prevented from enjoying educational and medical services.

In its 60-page report entitled "Stateless Again: Palestinian- Origin Jordanians Deprived of their Nationality," the HRW called on the Jordanian authorities to halt the withdrawal of nationality from Jordanians of Palestinian origin who hold or once held that nationality.

It also called for appointing a commission tasked with performing an independent audit of all cases in which nationality was withdrawn and urged restoring Jordanian nationality to all persons who were arbitrarily deprived based on the findings of the independent commission.

Source: Xinhua
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