Two detained French women who fled the Islamic State sit with their children while speaking to a AFP reporter at al-Hol camp on 17 February 2019 (AFP/File photo)
France this week faced legal action for not repatriating families of so-called Islamic State fighters from northeast Syria, in a landmark case that advocates hope will force France – and other European countries – to finally bring home women and children imprisoned in Kurdish-run camps.
Judges from the Grand Chamber of the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg on Wednesday heard from lawyers representing two French families whose daughters joined the Islamic State (IS) group and have now been held in Kurdish-run camps – with their young children – for several years.
Could a European court force France to bring home families of IS fighters? (middleeasteye.net)