France taken to EU rights court over stranded jihadist children

The grandparents of a three-year-old boy and his sister aged four, who were wounded and captured with their French mother after the fall of the Islamic State stronghold of Baghouz and who are currently stranded in a detention camp in north-east Syria, have begun legal action against the French state before the European Court of Human Rights for refusing to repatriate the three. 

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The grandparents of two children, stranded in a refugee camp in Syrian Kurdistan along with their jihadist mother, want Paris condemned for its refusal to allow the three to return to France, reports Radio France Internationale.

Lawyers for the grandparents claim that by deliberately refusing to repatriate the mother and her two children, all three sick, injured and extremely weak, France has deliberately exposed them to degrading and inhuman treatment, thus violating the European Convention of Human Rights.

The legal team also believes that another measure in the same convention guarantees that no national can be refused entry to the state of which he is a national. They will ask the European human rights tribunal to declare that the mother and her two children thus have an inalienable right to return to their own country.

The children are a three-year-old boy and his four-year-old sister. They were injured along with their mother in the battle for Baghouz, the last stronghold of Islamic State jihadists before it was taken by Kurdish-led forces.

They have been held for the last three months in the camp of Al-Hol in the north-east of the country where 73,000 people, including 12,000 foreigners are living, according to the United Nations.

The lawyers for the family say cholera, tuberculosis and dysentery are spreading in the camp.

Read more of this report from RFI.



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