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Jordanian human rights defender Sumaya Abu Nabaa detained in Amman

Tuesday , 02 August 2022

On July 31, 2022, the North Amman Court has decided to extend the detention of human rights defender Sumaya Abu Nabaa for an additional week in the Juwaida prison in the Jordanian capital, Amman. A member of the "National Forum for Defending Freedoms," human rights lawyer Malik Abu Orabi, said that "the security services brought the activist while she was tied with her hands and feet, and she was surrounded by heavy security." He added: “The judge refused to submit a bail request to release the activist Abu Nabaa, and requested to postpone the submission of the request until next week.”

Hunger-striking activist Abu Nabaa was arrested on July 26, 2022 after she was summoned on the pretext of a complaint against her. She was presented before the Public Prosecutor of North Amman, who decided to arrest her for a week in Marka Prison on charges of spreading false news that undermines the prestige of the state. The arrest is linked to a post she published on social media about the killing of 21-year-old nursing student Iman Rashid, who was killed on June 23, 2022, on the campus of the Applied Sciences Private University.

On the same day, the Public Security Directorate announced on its website that: "The search for the killer is still ongoing." It prohibited any publication on the case, but announced on June 26, 2022 the death of the girl's killer after shooting himself.

The Jordanian activist faces four charges, including “broadcasting false news abroad under Article 132 of the Penal Code, which would undermine the prestige of the state, defaming an official body under Article 191 of the Penal Code, and writing letters with the intent of inciting sectarian and racial strife under Article 150 of the Penal Code, in addition to publishing prohibited documents.”

Since her arrest, Abu Nabaa has announced an open-ended hunger strike, amid calls to lift restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression, and to release her and prisoners of conscience.

Under the hashtag #Freedom_for_Activist_Sumaya, activists on social media launched an campaign of solidarity with her.

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