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Syrian refugees view ‘favouritism’ key problem in Jordan — survey

By JT - Jul 11,2019 - Last updated at Jul 11,2019

AMMAN — A report published recently by the Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD) revealed that 43.8 per cent of Syrian refugees surveyed feel that their rights are “fully protected” in Jordan.   

The ARDD report, which studied 600 Syrian refugees’ level of satisfaction with the Kingdom’s justice system, showed that 78 per cent of those surveyed consider favouritism to be a key problem in Jordan, according to an ARDD statement. 

The report added that 100 per cent of women surveyed reported being “generally satisfied” with Sharia court employees, compared with 54.4 per cent reporting satisfaction with employees at regular courts. 

Meanwhile, only 25 per cent of surveyed men reported being generally satisfied with Sharia court employees, and 58.8 per cent reported satisfaction with employees at regular courts. 

The study noted that 56.5 per cent of men and 30 per cent of women were generally content with the police, 30.4 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women gave neutral answers, while 13 and 10 per cent of men and women, respectively, answered negatively.

The report found that Syrians are less likely to resort to courts, compared with Jordanians, citing legal fees, fear of unequal treatment and fear of deportation as potential reasons.

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