Monday, May 29, 2023

France, human rights and the children of French jihadists in Syria

At a time when France is raising many questions about the non-respect of human rights (especially from international bodies including the Council of Europe for the excessive use of civil and political concerns of its citizens by the authorities during the exercise of human rights) terrorism Its shortcomings remain a cause for concern in the global fight against

On 17 April, the United Nations General Assembly published a document containing a press release presented by The Institute for the Protection of Women’s Rights (IPWR), a non-governmental organization with special consultative status within the framework of Human Rights Council meeting This press release emphasizes the growing and global threat posed by the non-repatriation of children of French parents linked to ISIS in Syrian camps since 2019. It was distributed according to resolution 1996/31 of the Economic and Social Council.

IPWR reminds that ISIS terrorists who seek to rebuild themselves primarily target children living in these camps as recruits. The NGO insists that the evidence provided suggests that ISIS terrorists smuggle children from camps, particularly from the “Al Haul” refugee camp in the north-east of the Syrian Arab Republic, and organize training courses for them. We do.

The IPWR noted in its letter that between 610 and 680 children of EU citizens, one-third of whom are French, are currently held hostage with their mothers in the Rose and al-Hol camps in the north-eastern Syrian Arab Republic. are made.

The fact that France still has not returned these children, two-thirds of whom are under the age of six, has drawn strong criticism from human rights officials such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Committee on Human Rights. Child, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the European Court of Human Rights emphasize IPWR.

Since the beginning of 2021, around 62 children have died in the camps because, according to reports, they were living in inhumane sanitary conditions and had no access to basic necessities including water, food and health care. France believes the Institute for the Protection of Women’s Rights (IPWR) has violated the rights of French children due to the inhumane and miserable conditions in the Syrian camps.

The NGO urges the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children to follow up on the issue of violence against children and to remind their Member States to intensify repatriation efforts, especially in European countries Is.

France will have to answer it anyway. It is a humane drama dealing with minors and their rights as well as protection.

The overall human rights situation in France will be examined on Monday, May 1, 2023, as part of the fourth cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a body of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). In contrast to police violence in demonstrations raised by members in questions addressed to this country in advance.

However, the issue resurfaces with acuteness as it poses a threat to global security as well as the rights of children. It once again puts the spotlight on France, which positions itself as a champion of the fight against terrorism, but with a more mixed operational record as it blames the terrorist recruitment of children responsible for the jihadism of their French parents. and it is also held responsible for the deteriorating situation in the Sahel by the countries concerned.

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