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About The Council

The Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

The Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (henceforth referred to as “HCD” was established by virtue of the repealed Law No. (31) of 2007 on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, initially under the name of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, as a public institution headed by His Royal Highness Prince Raad Bin Zeid. Under the leadership of His Royal Highness Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein, the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities No. (20) for the Year 2017 was issued, and the name of HCD was amended to the Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

HCD became the first disability-focused government body to formulate policies, follow up on their implementation and provide technical and knowledge-based support to executive bodies to implement their programmes and plans in accordance with the provisions of the new law.

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HCD is therefore the main national reference point vis-à-vis policy-making and the implementation of monitoring processes through clear, scientific and methodological mechanisms endorsed by the new Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

 رويتنا HCD’s Vision

A specialised, effective and inclusive national institution promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in all aspects of life.

 رسالتنا HCD’s Mission

To lead the process of change so as to mainstream persons with disabilities in all aspects of life by continuously following up on and monitoring their status quo and proposing policies relevant to them, through networking with the relevant entities and providing the necessary technical assistance to enforce the Law on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to empower them and ensure the quality of services provided to them.

HCD president

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Born in Amman on 11 June 1965, His Royal Highness Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein earned his BA degree from Tufts University in 1987, and then his MA degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1995, with a specialization in International Relations/Strategic Studies. He continued his education at Cambridge University, England, where he received an M.Phil degree in Historical Studies in 1998. In addition, Prince Mired attended the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1990 and served for several years in the Jordanian Armed Forces, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Upon leaving the military, Prince Mired decided to continue serving his country by other means; dedicating his life to humanitarian and social causes. He has been the Chairman of the National Committee for Demining & Rehabilitation (NCDR) since 2004 and from November 2007 to November 2008, was the President of the 8th Meeting of States Parties to the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC). He has also served as the ‘Special Envoy’ of the Convention since 2009 and has had the honor and privilege of travelling the world advocating for further accession by countries that have not yet acceded to the Convention, as well as calling for the implementation of the Convention’s articles by the States that have done so.

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Prince Mired is also the President of the Hashemite Commission for Disabled Soldiers (HCDS)…a position he has held since 2000. Over the course of the last two decades, the Commission has been able to provide a wide variety of different services, acting as a support network to all servicemen and servicewomen with disabilities in the Kingdom.

In addition, from 2008 through to 2013, Prince Mired served as the Vice-President of the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities, and then in 2014 was appointed by Royal Decree to serve as its President…succeeding his father, HRH Prince Raad Bin Zeid. In 2017, with the passing of new groundbreaking legislation calling for the rights of persons with disabilities, the Council was renamed as, the ‘Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ (HCD).

Prince Mired also served a short stint as President of Jordanian Paralympic Committee from 2017-2018.

On 28 February 2021, in addition to all his aforementioned responsibilities, Prince Mired was appointed by Royal Decree as Lord Chamberlain to His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein of Jordan.

Prince Mired is married to HRH Princess Dina Mired. They have three children, Shirin, Rakan and Jafar.

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