What is happening with ISIS detainees in eastern Syria?

A new report by Wladimir van Wilgenburg notes that “The United States has transferred foreign nationals suspected of Islamic State (IS) ties from northern Syria to Iraq without apparent regard for the risk of torture and unfair trials in Iraq, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. Independent observers of four recent terrorism trials in Baghdad reported that several foreign defendants, including from France, Australia, and Lebanon, had been tried in Iraq based, at least in part, on their alleged membership to IS.”

Seth J. Frantzman was quoted in the piece.

According to Seth J. Frantzman, the Executive Director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis, foreign IS fighters must be prosecuted for crimes against humanity and membership in a terrorist organization, as well as other crimes they may have committed.

“These crimes include kidnapping, theft, murder, rape, and illegally crossing borders,” he said, noting that any foreign IS fighter caught in Syria or Iraq has violated at least several laws.

“The continuing limbo in which their countries of origin refuse to take responsibility for the foreign fighters and locally constituted authorities sometimes refuse to put them on trial is an epic failure of justice.”

There should be efforts to punish at least senior, and mid-level IS members, Frantzman added.


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