Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, told member states that that 55,000 ISIS fighters and their families detained in Syria and Iraq should be prosecuted or freed.
Michelle went on to say that states “must assume responsibility for their nationals” and that the ISIS fighters, their families (including children) held at the al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria are living “in deeply sub-standard conditions”.
Authorities in the North East of Syria have been trying to get foreign nationals repatriated. It is said those who are held at the camp come from 50 different countries.
Our Responsibility – Our Problem?
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said:
“Foreign family members should be repatriated unless they are to be prosecuted for crimes in accordance with international standards,”
“Children, in particular, have suffered grievous violations of their rights, including those who may have been indoctrinated or recruited by ISIL to perpetrate violent acts,” she said, using another acronym for ISIS.
“The primary consideration must be their rehabilitation, protection, and best interests.”
UNICEF estimated there are 29,000 children born to foreign fighters in Syria, a further 20,000 of them from Iraq and most are under the age of 12.
Some governments have refused to grant the children a nationality rendering them stateless. Some governments have revoked ISIS fighters and ISIS brides citizenship, as the UK have done with Shamima Begum. Jeremy Corbyn has fought against the policy of revoking citizenship to allow ISIS fighters, their brides and their families back into the UK.