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Damascus: Hardly any Kurds charged for political reasons profit from presidential decree no. 34

KURDWATCH, March 9, 2011—President Baschar al-Assad granted amnesty to all prisoners with sentences of more than three years by issuing a presidential decree (No. 34) on March 7, 2011. However, exceptions included all offenses prosecuted pursuant to Article 307 and 308 of the Criminal Code. As a large number of Kurdish activists are prosecuted on the basis of these two articles, few Kurds charged for political reasons will profit from this decree. The decree’s only beneficiaries are those activists who are charged pursuant to Article 288 of the Criminal Court.

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