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Recognition of religion or belief in Jordan

According to the standards set out in the SRR, conditions for RoRB in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan are classified censorious.

Recognition of religion or belief in Jordan


  • Islam is the state religion.

  • There exists a situation of partial recognition whereby even though recognition may be sought by non-Islamic groups, this recognition does not equate to the recognition bestowed to Islam.

  • There are two categories of recognition: denominations and associations; these two categories demonstrate an instance of vertical recognition due to the hierarchical structure.

  • Discrimination exists in the recognition system against non-Islamic groups.

  • Informational requirements are excessive due to the fact that they will likely be used against applicant religious groups.

  • Minorities are restricted in public and political life and face harassment.

  • The rule of mandatory registration contravenes the Bielefeldt provision.

Positive elements:

  • Nil.


  • Dismantle the present restrictive system by removing all instances of partial and vertical recognition.

  • Establish procedures for equal existential recognition and legal registration for all groups.

  • Revoke the rule of mandatory registration for non-Islamic groups.

  • Utilise recognition as a means to promote diversity of belief as a positive component of society and to reaffirm the valid rights of minorities.

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