Tuesday 27 October 2020
The United Nations has been calling for the assessment, prosecution and repatriation and rehabilitation of foreign terrorist fighters and their family members, in accordance with international human rights law, international refugee law, and international humanitarian law. However, only several countries repatriated their nationals from northeastern Syria and Iraq. Thousands of individuals are still stranded in camps in north-eastern Syria and Iraq in dire conditions, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and are awaiting repatriation. Most of them are women and children. Some of the adults are victims and some are perpetrators and of course in this given context, all children should first and foremost be considered victims.
Many countries consider these people as a threat to their national security and are very reluctant to take them back. At the same time, international lawyers have been reiterating that states have international obligations to repatriate their citizens from Syria and Iraq. Three Central Asian States, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, were among the first countries to repatriate their nationals. Their experiences have been observed closely by other states and generated valuable lessons, which may be useful to other countries to learn and follow.
The Bulan Institute will host a virtual event to discuss with high-level international experts the current situation with women and children trapped in the camps in northeastern Syria.
Speakers of the event:
Dr. Anne Speckhard
Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine
Gavin Helf, PhD
Senior expert on Central Asia for the U.S. Institute of Peace where he specialized on Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Registration is mandatory for the event. The Bulan Institute will communicate further the registration details and logistical notes closer to the event date.