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Weekend Reads Syria: women detainees go on hunger strike to demand their repatriation to France

03:15  22 february  2021
03:15  22 february  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

French women detained in Syria on hunger strike to demand their repatriation

 French women detained in Syria on hunger strike to demand their repatriation © GORAN TOMASEVIC / REUTERS Women inside Al-Hol camp in Syria, January 8, 2021. French women imprisoned in Syria have started a hunger strike this Sunday, February 20 a hunger strike. They are demanding their repatriation and that of their children while the policy of France vis-à-vis the children of jihadists is still to repatriate on a case-by-case basis.

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A dozen women, detained in camps in Syria, began a strike on Sunday. hunger “to protest against the stubborn refusal of the French authorities to organize their repatriation and that of their children,” announced two lawyers.

"After years of waiting and no prospect of judgment on the spot, they believe they have no other choice but to refuse to eat", relate in a press release Me Marie Dosé and Me Ludovic Rivière, advice from some between them.

"In audio messages addressed to their relatives, these women explained that they no longer bear to watch their children suffer, that they want to assume their responsibility and to be judged in France for what they have done ", add the two councils , recalling that "all these women are subject to a judicial investigation entrusted to a French anti-terrorist judge".

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Some 80 women, who had joined the Islamic State, and 200 children are detained in camps in Syria managed by the Kurdish forces. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which operates in Al Hol and Roj camps in northeastern Syria, children suffer from malnutrition and severe respiratory ailments in winter.

Return to the “case by case” of these children

In an opinion issued in November, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child warned of the “immediate” danger to the lives of these children, detained in “ inhuman sanitary conditions ”and deprived of“ the most basic ”food.

Paris has for years maintained a case-by-case return policy for these children - 35, mostly orphans, have been repatriated so far - and believes that the adults should be tried on the spot.

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"Leaving these women in these camps while the Kurdish authorities (who cannot judge them, editor's note) have been urging France to repatriate them for years is totally irresponsible and inhuman", consider the two lawyers.

France summoned to act by the UN

UDI deputy Pierre Morel-A-L'Huissier and communist senator Pierre Laurent denounced on Tuesday the "cowardice" of France which "abandons" women and children detained "in inhumane conditions ”in Syria, urging their colleagues to demand with them a general repatriation.

Pascale Descamps, mother of a 32-year-old woman detained in a camp with her four children who says she suffers from cancer, stopped eating in early February to obtain her repatriation.

In December, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called on France to "take the necessary measures" to allow this woman to access medical care. Heading

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