Sri Lankans living in Kuwait illegally urged to make use of amnesty

The amnesty allows illegal residents to leave the country during the above mentioned period through any port without paying penalties; or to legalize their status and continue residing in Kuwait after paying all fines and obtaining a valid visa without being referred to the investigation department. Those who leave the country during this amnesty will be allowed to enter Kuwait again if they meet the regular conditions of entry and if they were not banned from entry for another reason. If an illegal resident is caught during the amnesty period, he or she will be deported immediately. Residency violators who don’t leave the country during the amnesty period would have to, not only face legal penalties, but also denial of valid visa, deportation and denial of re-entry into Kuwait.During the amnesty period in 2011, 739 Sri Lankans had rectified their residency status and 2862 Sri Lankans left Kuwait having availed of the amnesty. This is a rare opportunity for about 15,447 Sri Lankans who live illegally in Kuwait to resolve their residency issues or leave the country without being blacklisted.Therefore, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait requests the relatives of the Sri Lankans who live in Kuwait without legal residency permits, to inform them to rectify residency status or return to Sri Lanka under the amnesty granted.For further inquiries in this regard the Embassy could be contacted via its hot line:  00 965 65000118. (Colombo Gazette) However, residency violators who are banned from travelling or subjected to court cases should visit the Residency Affairs Department to discuss the possibility of getting a valid visa during the amnesty period, the decree stated. The Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait has requested the relatives of the Sri Lankans who live in Kuwait without legal residency permits, to inform them to rectify residency status or return to Sri Lanka under an amnesty which has now being granted.The Ministry of Interior of Kuwait, on Tuesday (23/01) declared an amnesty period from 29th January – 22nd February 2018, for expatriates who do not possess residency permits or those with expired residency permits, to rectify their status or leave the country. read more

At Oslo forum Ban warns capacity to meet humanitarian needs under unprecedented

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is greeted by Svein Mollekleiv, President of Norwegian Red Cross upon arrival at the headquarters in Oslo, Norway. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets with VISTA Group at Norwegian Red Cross. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Humanitarian Forum at the Norwegian Red Cross Headquarters. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gets a tour of the Norwegian Red Cross from Svein Mollekleiv, President, including explanation of the Red Bench Initiative to Promote Dialogue. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas “From the earthquakes in Nepal to avalanches in Afghanistan, from Ebola in West Africa to many other frontlines of conflict and disaster, civil society organizations are playing an ever growing role,” Mr. Ban underscored in his address to the forum, which focused on the role of civil society in humanitarian emergencies.The Secretary-General highlighted the role of local organizations as a vital link between the government and global and grass roots associations, especially at a time when the UN and its partners are aiming to assist nearly 79 million people worldwide.He pointed out that during a disaster, such organizations could be faster and more flexible than larger entities. Attuned to local context, culture, language and needs, civil society organizations provide bonds of solidarity and trust – with women’s groups playing a particularly valuable role in supporting a society’s economic and social fabric.“Yet,” Mr. Ban remarked, “I am keenly aware that this service comes with great sacrifice. Last year, 88 per cent of all attacks against humanitarian workers were against local aid workers.”He emphasized that the international community must do more to sustain the critical role of civil society. “As we create a more diverse, inclusive and truly global humanitarian system, we must use the strengths of all actors.”In May 2016, the Secretary-General will convene the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, at which civil society organizations would be important stakeholders. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Oslo Summit on Education for Development Side Event “Partnership for Education”. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas ‹ ›As part of the lead-up to the Summit, civil society organizations have helped to organize eight regional consultations, reaching out to nearly 15,000 people in 135 countries.“The rise of global humanitarian action is one of humanity’s greatest moral achievements,” Mr. Ban said. “Today our goal is a world where every woman, man and child in need can receive some form of assistance and protection from the impacts of disaster, conflict, displacement, hunger or disease.“This world is now within our grasp. Together we can make this vision a reality.”Also today, Mr. Ban addressed a “Partnership for Education” event, which focused on three critical issues: equity in education; closing the education gap and leveraging digital solutions; and ensuring education in emergencies.“We need teachers and students. We need telecoms companies and civil society organizations. We need policy-makers and app developers. We need to stand strong,” he told the gathering. “When we put every child in school, provide them with quality learning, and foster global citizenship, we will transform our future.While in Oslo, Mr. Ban also met with the country’s Foreign Minister, Børge Brende, and thanked him for Norway’s strong and consistent support to the UN. He also briefed him on UN efforts to find a political solution in Syria and to achieve an end to the crisis in Yemen, including through a humanitarian pause.In addition, the two leaders discussed the current state of the Middle East peace process, as well as the negotiations underway for next week’s Third International Conference on Financing for Development. read more