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Children can never be held accountable for their parents actions. When will they be brought home?

Sweden has been taking home children and women who are Swedish citizens 

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About Repatriate the Children

Repatriate the Children is a children’s rights organization existing to raise awareness of children being detained in northeast Syria, and to contribute to knowledge-based decision making where humanitarian principles, rule of law, and global security are united.

RTC operates with three autonomous national branches -Denmark, U.S., and Sweden - and has been an integral actor in the first instances of Western countries repatriating their citizens from the camps in Northeast Syria.

We condemn ISIS ideology, acts and everything that is linked to violent extremism. Children must be protected from indoctrination and radicalization to violent extremist movements and environments. Children have the right to life, survival and development. All foreign governments need to take 
responsibility for their citizens and 
repatriate children, women, and men.

© Rena Effendi

What we do

Repatriate the Children's function is to support, advise and provide knowledge for relatives of children, for Swedish municipalities and other public sector authorities, for politicians and decision-makers, for non-profit organizations and for the media.

RTC advocates for the children languishing in the prison camps in Northeast Syria, supports the families awaiting their return, and collaborates with the international community to bring these children home. 

We also work with the reception and re-integration of families that have been brought home. The main goal is that no child shall grow up in armed conflict, or have their 
childhood influenced by violent extremism.


© Rena Effendi

We call upon Swedish decision makers to act immediately


At least five Swedish children are left behind and still live under disastrous humanitarian conditions in detention camps in Northeast Syria. All Swedish children must be brought home together with their mothers under controlled protocols to safety and security in Sweden. This must be done with an organized reception that takes into account the children's and their families needs and creates conditions for rehabilitation and integration. The best interest of the child must be prioritized. We are ready to assist and we expect the Swedish government to be ready to assume its own responsibility.


© Rena Effendi

Sweden can and must contribute to peace and reconciliation

National governments have the responsibility to protect innocent children from becoming the next generation of Salafi-jihadists.

Human rights to counter terrorism: Now is the time for a Global Humanitarian Coalition to Defeat ISIS

The international community can contribute to preventing more children from becoming victims of armed conflict in Syria, Iraq, or elsewhere. There is an urgent need for a Global Humanitarian Coalition to Defeat ISIS to conduct civilian-centered action and build upon the hard-fought military gains.

© Rena Effendi

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