Association for Defending Victims of Terrorism – France has violated the rights of French children detained for years in camps in northeast Syria by failing to repatriate them, the UN Child Rights Committee said.
The Committee had considered three cases filed by a group of French nationals whose grandchildren, nieces and nephews are currently being held in the Rawj, Ayn Isa and Hawl camps, which are under the control of Kurdish forces.
The cases concern 49 children whose parents are alleged to have collaborated with the ISIL terrorist network, also known by the Arabic term Da’esh.
Some were born in Syria, while others travelled there with their French parents at a very young age.
The Committee found that France has the responsibility and power to protect the children against an imminent risk to their lives by taking action to repatriate them.
The Committee also concluded that France has not shown that it gave due consideration to the best interests of the child victims when assessing their relatives’ requests for repatriation.
The cases were brought to the Committee in 2019 and so far, 11 children have been repatriated.
The other 38 remain detained in “closed camps in a war zone”, according to a statement from the Committee. Some are as young as five-years-old.
The Committee has urged France to take urgent action to repatriate them.