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UNITED
NATIONS

Distr.
GENERAL
CERD/C/SR.1288
14 December 1998

ENGLISH
Original: FRENCH

International Convention on
the Elimination
of all Forms of
Racial Discrimination


COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION

Fifty-third session

SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 1288th MEETING

Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Tuesday, 11 August 1998, at 3 p.m.

Chairman: Mr. ABOUL-NASR

later: Mr. SHERIFIS

later: Mr. DIACONU


CONTENTS

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS, COMMENTS AND INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES UNDER ARTICLE 9 OF THE CONVENTION (continued)

Twelfth periodic report of Jordan


This record is subject to correction.

Corrections should be submitted in one of the working languages. They should be set forth in a memorandum and also incorporated in a copy of the record. They should be sent within one week of the date of this document to the Official Records Editing Section, room E.4108, Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Any corrections to the records of the public meetings of the Committee at this session will be consolidated in a single corrigendum to be issued shortly after the end of the session.

The meeting was called to order at 3.10 p.m.

CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS, COMMENTS AND INFORMATION SUBMITTED BY STATES PARTIES UNDER ARTICLE 9 OF THE CONVENTION (agenda item 4) (continued)

Consideration of the twelfth periodic report of Jordan (CERD/C/318/Add.1; HRI/CORE/1/Add.18/Rev.1)

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18. Mr. SHERIFIS drew attention to the statement in paragraph 27 of the report to the effect that Jordan was the only Arab State to have treated the Palestinian refugees in a largely positive manner. Jordan's generous attitude in that regard was well known, but he wondered whether the statement took account of the efforts made by Egypt, Kuwait or other Arab States. He nevertheless welcomed the fact that Jordan was making efforts to offer the Palestinian refugees the best conditions and standards of living possible and that it gave them access to all the services and programmes that the State provided for its own citizens.

19. The report stated that 81 per cent of the Palestinian refugees in Jordan lived outside the 10 camps supervised by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and that that clearly showed that the Palestinian refugees, as Jordanian citizens, enjoyed complete freedom of movement throughout the Kingdom. Did the other Palestinian refugees have the right to leave the camps and live elsewhere? If so, there was no reason to speak of segregation with regard to the Palestinian refugees.

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21. Mr. VALENCIA RODRÍGUEZ ...

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22. Paragraph 9 (b) of the report stated that any non-Jews who had had Palestinian nationality prior to 15 May 1957 and had been normally resident in Jordan during the period from 20 December 1949 to 16 February 1954 were deemed to be Jordanian nationals. What did the Nationality Act say about Jews? What was the legal status of persons - whether Jews or non-Jews - resident in Jordan after 16 February 1954? Under article 8 of the Nationality Act, a Jordanian woman who married a non-Jordanian and acquired her husband's nationality could retain her Jordanian nationality unless she renounced it in accordance with the provisions of the Nationality Act. She could recover her Jordanian nationality by submitting an application to the Ministry of Internal Affairs if her marital status was terminated for any reason. What would her legal status be if the Ministry denied her application?

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26. Mr. DIACONU said that the Committee should take note of the generosity Jordan had always shown towards the Palestinian population, taking in several waves of refugees and giving them the opportunity to live in Jordan as full citizens. As the report recalled, Jordanians of Palestinian origin would have the right to choose between Jordanian or Palestinian nationality. He asked the delegation to indicate what measures were envisaged to that end. Did Palestinian citizens take part in political life? Were they, for example, members of the political parties mentioned in paragraph 37 of the report?

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32. Mr. WOLFRUM endorsed his colleague's questions. In addition, he asked for clarification with regard to article 25 (j) of the Provisional Electoral Act No. 24 of 1960, which referred to the members of the northern nomadic tribes (paragraph 9 (f) of the report). He, too, paid tribute to Jordan's very good treatment of the Palestinian refugees in spite of its limited economic resources, and welcomed the system governing the composition of the Jordanian House of Representatives (paragraph 33 of the report), which could serve as a model for many other countries. However, he would like to know, for example, to what extent the Palestinians living in Jordan were able to preserve their identity.

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The meeting rose at 6 p.m.

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