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World French jihadists detained in Syria: how does the question of repatriation arise

16:10  21 june  2020
16:10  21 june  2020 Source:   lejdd.fr

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“The French position is a political position, based on the refusal of the public opinion to see repatriation happening,” Mr. Brisard said. For the last two years, French courts have been trying dozens of jihadists who are presumed dead. The courts have had little choice because intelligence

The question has arisen in the wake of the Turkish offensive in the north-east of Syria against the Kurds which has allowed the escape of several former ISIS fighters held “The issue of repatriation is a security issue and long-term justice,” said the judge, who hopes for a “political will of repatriation ”.

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"Their situation will be examined on a case-by-case basis and assessed in the best interests of the child", the Elysée Palace said in March. Me Marie Dosé, who represents the families of 38 detainees and three escapees, was received in May by Hélène Davo, the justice counselor of Emmanuel Macron.

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The grandparents of two French children detained with their jihadist mother in Kurdish-held Syria The legal filing put the thorny issue of repatriating the children of suspected European jihadists in How can we think that by leaving them there, they will not be a danger for us, and that to do what [the

According to French intelligence services, there are "a few dozen" French nationals, believed to be jihadist fighters or their wives, in prisons and camps in Syria and Iraq. While some of those detained have requested a repatriation to France, there are activists and politicians who oppose

In a letter to this mother of a French jihadist who escaped from the Al-Hol camp dated March 16, 2020, the Elysee reaffirms her "constant position" on the repatriation of French women and their children detained in the northeast Syrian: "Their situation will be examined on a case-by-case basis and assessed in the best interests of the child." Three months later, could this position change? This is what Me Marie Dosé wants to believe, who represents the families of 38 detainees and three escapees. While she has been trying since 2017 to convince the government of the need to repatriate these citizens, the lawyer was received in May at the Élysée Palace by Hélène Davo, the justice counselor of Emmanuel Macron.

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Children detained at Al Hol camp in eastern Syria . “What have these kids done ?” said a Red Cross official during a recent visit. That number does not include the estimated 31,000 Iraqi women and children detained there. Another 1,400 are detained in Iraq.

Relatives of children of French jihadis have appealed to the UN for the children to be allowed back to France. They are currently being held in camps in

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A humanitarian and security issue

In May 2019, the human rights defender ordered the State to "put an end to the inhuman and degrading treatment suffered by French children and their mothers".

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These women represent a terrorist threat but also a source of information

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According to supporters of a repatriation, the problem goes beyond humanitarian aid; she is also safe: "These women, describes the president of the Center for Analysis of Terrorism, Jean-Charles Brisard, represent a terrorist threat but also a source of information."

This week, movements in Al-Hol and Roj arouse the hope of families: local security forces have launched a campaign to register foreign women.

Tyler Vilus, French jihadist in Syria, facing French justice .
© AFP Flag of the Islamic State, in the province of Homs in central Syria, April 4, 2016. The trial of Tyler Vilus has started this June 25 in front of the special assizes in Paris. This thirty-something, who has frequented a number of French-speaking jihadist figures in Syria, is the first French to be prosecuted for crimes committed in this country, between 2013 and 2015.

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