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Tunisia urged to repatriate children

Publish date: 10 February 2020
Issue Number: 859
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Human Rights

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Tunisia to bring home nearly 200 children of suspected jihadists stranded or held in crowded camps and prisons in Libya, Iraq and Syria. The New York-based rights watchdog welcomed Tunisia's repatriation last month of six orphaned children of alleged Isis members from Libya as 'a step toward protecting their rights'. It said that 36 other children of ISIS suspects remained stranded in Libya, while 160 were believed to be detained in Syria and Iraq. ‘Tunisia should move swiftly to follow this positive step with further action to bring home its children trapped in squalid camps and prisons in war-torn countries,’ said HRW's Tunisia director, Amna Guellali. Tunisia has been one of the key sources of jihadists who headed to conflicts around the world.

Full HRW report