King Abdullah II on Monday instructed Jordan’s government to probe reports of abuse at homes for children with physical and mental disabilities.
“I instruct the government to form an investigation committee to review all these public and private homes, and complete this task in two weeks from now,” the king told Prime Minister Fayez Tarawaneh in a letter.
A palace statement said the king had paid “surprise visits” to some of Amman’s homes for challenged children.
“I want a detailed report on the work of these centers, and if they meet local and international standards. Swift and decisive action must be taken to bring to justice those suspected of committing such shameful actions,” he said.
BBC planned to broadcast later on Monday an investigative report on abuse in Jordan’s 59 children’s centers.
“The documentary, which comes after a year of investigation using hidden cameras, shows that children are beaten, humiliated, deprived from food and education on a daily basis,” BBC said on its website.
Jordan’s Minister of Social Development Wajih Azaizeh said a panel was formed in line with the king’s letter, grouping legal experts, human rights activists and state coroners, state-run Petra news agency reported.