Top
Begin typing your search above and press return to search.
keyboard_arrow_down
Login
exit_to_app
Points to ponder before the Al-Qaeda hunt
access_time 22 Sep 2020 6:25 AM GMT
Farmer rage and Opposition parties
access_time 19 Sep 2020 6:51 AM GMT
access_time 19 Sep 2020 3:50 AM GMT
Going beyond birthday celebration
access_time 18 Sep 2020 6:05 AM GMT
Periyar@142-Revolutionary and Visionary
access_time 17 Sep 2020 11:57 AM GMT
DEEP READAll arrow_drop_down
The ogres in the mind
access_time 8 Sep 2020 11:27 AM GMT
Why worry about populism?
access_time 4 Sep 2020 9:51 AM GMT
Media mind-set towards minorities
access_time 15 July 2020 4:29 PM GMT
exit_to_app
Homechevron_rightWorldchevron_rightHRW warns against mass ...

HRW warns against mass transfer of IS suspects to Iraq

text_fields
bookmark_border
HRW warns against mass transfer of IS suspects to Iraq
cancel

Beirut: Human Rights Watch warned European countries on Tuesday against transferring foreign jihadist suspects from prisons in war-torn northeastern Syria to Iraq.

The New York-based watchdog expressed concern that some countries with significant contingents of prisoners in Syria were seeking to move them across the border.

A Turkish invasion of areas controlled by Kurdish forces has sparked deep concern in Europe about the potential for mass breakouts by members of the Islamic State group.

Many European governments have been reluctant to repatriate these prisoners to stand trial and have already transferred some to Iraq to be prosecuted.

"Given Iraq's record of unfair trials, European states should not promote efforts to have their nationals transferred there for prosecution," HRW's Iraq researcher Belkis Wille said.

Any government supporting such a move "without taking measures to remove the risk of torture, sham trials and execution risks contributing to serious abuses," she said.

Wille said her organisation's monitoring showed that trials in Iraq were "inherently unfair and replete with due process violations".

She urged Britain, Denmark, France, Germany and other countries to seek their nationals' repatriation instead.

The United States announced on Monday that an order to withdraw nearly all of its troops from Syria was already being implemented.

That leaves the Kurdish forces it once backed in the lurch and abruptly dismantles Western military capabilities against IS in the area.

According to the Kurdish administration in northeastern Syria, around 12,000 IS suspects are held in prisons across the area.

Around 2,500 of them are non-Iraqi foreigners.

European officials have expressed fears that the US pullout decision and subsequent Turkish invasion could allow a resurgence of IS in the region and lead to more attacks in their own cities.

Show Full Article
TAGS:
Next Story