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Damascus: Dissident demonstrators and deserters granted amnesty

KURDWATCH, January 17, 2012—With Decree Number 10, dated January 15, 2012, President Bashar al Assad granted amnesty to all those who, since March 15, 2011, have been charged with crimes or offenses pursuant to Articles 285, 286, 287, 291, 294, 307, 308, 327, and 328 of the Criminal Code. All those who were charged with offenses pursuant to Articles 335 to 339 of the Criminal Code also received amnesty – these articles apply to the right to demonstrate, which was newly regulated by Presidential Decree No. 54, dated April 21, 2011. People who are liable to prosecution for illegal possession of weapons as well as all those who have deserted will also receive amnesty. Anyone who has not yet been arrested will benefit from this amnesty if he turns himself in by January 31, 2012.

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