Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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Last profiled March 1992

INCOME DISTRIBUTION | **

Around 15% live below the poverty line but the World Bank estimates that almost a third of the population live in 'transient' poverty at least a quarter of the year.

LITERACY | ****

Jordan has one of the highest literacy rates in the region at 93%. But illiteracy rates among non-citizens (including refugees) are more than double those of citizens.

LIFE EXPECTANCY | *****

74 years (Saudi 75, UK 81).

POSITION OF WOMEN | **

Laws permitting rapists to escape punishment by marrying their victims were recently repealed and women's access to divorce widened. But women married to non-Jordanians still cannot pass their nationality to their children, while courts typically make light of the 15-20 'honour' killings per year.

FREEDOM| **

Jordanian law criminalizes speech deemed critical of Islam, the king, government officials and institutions, with regular gag orders issued against the press. …

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