UAE offers 2-month amnesty to illegals

Updated 14 November 2012
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UAE offers 2-month amnesty to illegals

ABU DHABI: Foreigners who live without proper residency documents can leave the UAE without paying fines from Dec. 4 under a general amnesty announced by the government.
Lt. Gen. Nassir Al Awadhi Al Menhali, assistant undersecretary for Naturalization, Residency and Ports Affairs at the Ministry of Interior, said the amnesty period will begin from Dec. 4 and end on Feb. 3.
Overstayers can visit residency departments across the country to obtain outpasses and leave the country. They can also regularize their visas after payment of fines during the amnesty period.
“…The general pardon only applies to those who entered the country legally but overstayed,” he clarified. “Infiltrators will be treated as criminals.”
The official added that the immigration offices throughout the country would be working in two shifts to ensure all the illegal immigrants leave the country during the grace period.
“There will be no extension to the amnesty period and a media campaign will be launched to make the effort a success,” Al Menhali said.


Russia ‘skeptical’ over UN Syrian crimes against humanity report

Updated 21 June 2018
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Russia ‘skeptical’ over UN Syrian crimes against humanity report

MOSCOW: Russia’s foreign minister on Thursday said he was “skeptical” about a UN report accusing the Syrian regime of committing crimes against humanity during the siege of Eastern Ghouta.
The report published Wednesday said forces loyal to the government had deliberately starved civilians during the siege between February and April, among other crimes.
“We are in principle very skeptical toward the methods of this sort of work, whether it comes to war crimes or the use of chemical weapons,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference in Moscow with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
When questioned by journalists, Lavrov confirmed he had not seen the report.
He said it was “based on data obtained through social networks, video that was filmed by witnesses,” rather than being put together on the ground.
The five-year siege, on the outskirts of the capital, ended in April when Damascus regained control of the rebel enclave.
As pro-government forces dramatically escalated their campaign to recapture the besieged enclave, they used tactics that were “largely unlawful in nature,” the UN-commissioned report said.
The tactics, it said, “aimed at punishing the inhabitants of eastern Ghouta and forcing the population, collectively, to surrender or starve.”
Russia has been involved in Syria’s civil war since September 2015. Its military support of the regime changed the course of the war, allowing government troops to retake more than half the country from rebels and the Daesh group.
More than 350,000 people have been killed in Syria’s war since it started in 2011 with the brutal repression of anti-government protests.