RECOMMENDATIONS

For Governments With Citizens Held in Northeast Syria

  • The perspective of the best interest of the child is paramount and must guide all decisions regarding children.

  • Governments must proactively ensure human rights are not being violated, the only option is to repatriate all their citizens. 

  • Action must occur with no further delay, time is of the essence. 

  • Information must be shared with families and relatives affected.

  • Children must be considered as victims and there must be an organized reception that takes into account the children's needs and creates the conditions for rehabilitation and integration.

  • All adults suspected of crimes must be investigated by states with a mandate to do so. Perpetrators of ISIS that have committed crimes must be prosecuted.

  • As long as there are citizens missing, governments must have staff on site in the camps and prisons to contribute to the mapping of citizens to their nations.

  • UN member states should consider and actively acquire knowledge from civil society organisations to have a cooperation to find holistic solutions regarding prosecution, rehabilitation and reintegration strategies.

  • Governments who begin to repatriate must appeal to other countries to do the same. 

  • Resourceful countries that repatriate their citizens must also contribute to finding solutions to families of other citizenships that are being left behind. The end goal must be to empty and close the camps and prisons in a near-by future.

  • Governments must contribute to peace and reconciliation and prevent further atrocities in the name of violent extremism. No child should grow up under the influence of ISIS or any other violent extremist movement. Victims must be offered support, protection and redress.

  • Governments must ensure the safety and recovery of its citizens returning from the so-called caliphate. This is also central to finally breaking the circle of violence. 

For the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria

  • The perspective of the best interest of the child is paramount and must guide all decisions regarding children.

  • The AANES must proactively ensure human rights are not being violated.

  • The AANES must remove any potential obstacles they have put in place and/or clearly publish a step-by-step guide on how repatriations can happen. The end goal must be to empty and close the camps and prisons in a near-by future by releasing the detainees to their respective governments under controlled protocols.

  • The AANES must share all information regarding children and adults that have died or disappeared while being held in AANES custody.