The current situation in camps in northeast Syria, where women and children associated with ISIS and other terrorist groups are living, is increasingly untenable. United Nations stress that necessary measures include political engagement; repatriation; justice; prosecution (where appropriate), rehabilitation and reintegration; access to psychological expertise and support services; and consideration of security issues. This requires the engagement of Member States and other relevant actors, including civil society.
The United Nations developed the key principles to on the protection, repatriation and rehabilitation of children and women urging Member States to comply with their obligations under international law. There are specific international law obligations applicable to Member States’ action with regard to women and children with links to UN listed terrorist groups. However, UN agencies and other humanitarian actors engaged on the ground are faced with multiple challenges, including those of a political and practical nature. Thus this document covers all international norms and guides Member states on how to deal with children and women trapped in Syria.
United Nations have urged states to repatriate their citizens however the pace of repatriation is slow. The key principles developed be the United Nations is a comprehensive document with explanation of applicable international norms. Each state should review it and refer to it while taking decisions.
Here is the full version of the Key principles for the protection, repatriation, prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration of women and children with links to United Nations listed terrorist groups: Key principles on women and children