Jordan dissolves teachers’ union and jails its board members
On 31 December 2020, the Amman Magistrate’s Criminal Court issued a decision to dissolve the Jordan Teachers’ Syndicate (JTS) and imprison its board members for a period of one year. The JTS’s attorney, Bassam Freihat, confirmed that the decision had the characteristic of expediting the implementation, as Dr. Nasser Al-Nawasrah, the vice president of the JTC, and four of the 12 members of the Syndicate Council were immediately arrested. The decision is preliminary and subject to appeal.
On 3 January 2021, hundreds of teachers held a sit-in in front of the Parliament in the capital, Amman, demanding the annulment of the decision to dissolve the Syndicate Council and a stop to forcing activist teachers into retirement.