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women detained on hunger strike to demand their repatriation to France

A dozen women detained in camps in Syria began a hunger strike on Sunday February 21 “to protest against stubborn rejection French authorities to organize your repatriation and that of his children, “announced two lawyers.” After years of waiting and no prospect of trial on the spot, feel they have no choice but to refuse to eat“Me Marie Dosé and Me Ludovic Rivière report in a press release, advising some of them.

“In audio messages sent to their loved ones, these women explained that they can no longer bear to see their children suffer, they want to + assume their responsibility + and + be judged in France for what they have done +”, the two lawyers add. remembering that “all these women are under judicial investigation entrusted to a French anti-terrorism judge “.

Some 80 women, who had joined ISIS, and 200 children are being held in camps in Syria run by Kurdish forces. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which operates in the Al Hol and Roj camps in northeastern Syria, children suffer from malnutrition and severe respiratory diseases in winter. In an opinion issued in November, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child warned of the “immediate” danger to the lives of these children, detained in “inhuman sanitary conditions” and deprived of “the most basic foods.”

A case-by-case repatriation policy

France has for years had a case-by-case return policy for these children. Thirty-five of them, mostly orphans, were repatriated up to now. However, he believes that adults should be tried on the spot. “Leaving these women in these camps while the Kurdish authorities (who cannot judge them, editor’s note) have been urging France to repatriate them for years is totally irresponsible and inhumane,” the two lawyers consider.

Pascale Descamps, mother of a 32-year-old woman detained in a field with her four children and who says they have cancer, stopped eating at the beginning of February to obtain repatriation.

The UDI deputy Pierre Morel-A-L’Huissier and the communist senator Pierre Laurent denounced this Tuesday the “cowardice” of France that “abandons” women and children detained “in inhuman conditions” in Syria, urging his colleagues to demand a general repatriation. In December, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights asked France to “take the necessary measures” so that this woman could access medical care.

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