Lawmakers have posed a number of questions to Interior Minister Mohamed al-Shaar in connection with issues of concern to citizens during a parliamentary session in the Syrian capital.
Issues related to the issuance of passports and civil documents, especially the need to ease procedures for obtaining identity papers and changing damaged personal documents without delay, as well as prosecuting people who fire bullets indiscriminately, controlling cases of kidnapping, and improving the living standards of police officers and internal security forces, were among the top priorities.
Shaar said that the ministry was exerting exceptional efforts to improve the level of performance in a variety of its institutions with the aim of continuing economic and social life and preserving and protecting the rights of citizens and confirming the prestige of the state.
The minister added: The ministry is taking strict measures in pursuing criminals and preventing them from carrying out crimes against citizens, especially in the area of kidnapping, where it is pursuing the cases that occur. It will not tolerate this issue.
He said that the ministry had taken a series of measures to control all the crimes that have occurred since the start of the crisis in Syria, adding that it was able to decrease their rates significantly.
Shaar also said that the ministry had devoted a number of centers for migrants from some areas to enable them to obtain civil documents.
In addition, the members called for fighting the phenomenon of kidnapping in the city of Salamiyah and securing the Homs-Salamiyah road because of the lack of cell phone coverage, by strengthening police patrols on it and creating a passports and immigration office in the city to decrease the suffering of the citizens during their transit to the city of Hama.
The members also discussed the importance of controlling the social media pages that are trying to defame some public figures and implementing an electronic crimes law.
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