U.N.’s Bachelet says 55,000 linked to IS in Syria and Iraq should be tried or freed

This content was published on June 24, 2019

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks at a news conference after meeting with Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Fausto Torrealba

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday that 55,000 former Islamic State fighters, including foreigners, and their families detained in Syria and Iraq should face fair prosecution or be freed.

States “must assume responsibility for their nationals” and should not inflict statelessness on fighters’ children who have already suffered so much, Bachelet told the U.N. Human Rights Council as it opened a three-week session in Geneva.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Tom Miles)


1 reply

  1. We need to think a bit pragmatic and logical here. The Kurds who host most of these ex-iSIS prisoners simply do not have the capacity to properly put all the Isis prisoners on trial, not to speak of in jail. Therefore that option should be discounted totally. The best way for all fighters would be if their countries of nationality would take over this task. And while going through the lists of prisoners of course first of all the children should be released and handed over to their grand parents wherever possible. Cowards are the countries who do not want to do this (including Switzerland I am afraid, although their numbers are very small).

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