Bosnia's presidency approves repatriation of citizens captured in Syria and Iraq

NEWS 02.12.2019 18:06
Source: (ilustracija)

A group of 24 women and children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who have spent time in the territory controlled by Islamic State terrorists, will be deported from Syria to their home country, local media reported on Monday.

A decision to that effect was made on November 29 by the country’s presidency and it refers to women and children as well as abandoned children who were taken captive after the military defeat of extremist groups in Syria and Iraq.

They are all currently being held in detention camps in conditions which Bosnia and Herzegovina’s presidency described as “very harsh.”

The abandoned children will be transferred to Bosnia and Herzegovina and will be eligible for citizenship on account of the origin of their parents who were killed or gone missing in the wars in Syria and Iraq.

The presidency instructed the relevant ministries and state institutions to take the necessary steps to protect the rights of its citizens in detention camps in Syria and Iraq.

According to information previously released by Security Minister Dragan Mektic, about 260 Bosnia and Herzegovina citizens who are still in Syria and Iraq have been identified and of that number about one hundred are men who fought alongside terrorist groups while the remainder are women and children.

The Avaz news website said that after the women and children are transferred to Bosnia and Herzegovina they will quickly be followed by a group of nine men from Syria. They will all be tried in Bosnia and Herzegovina on suspicion of committing the crime of terrorism.

They were originally supposed to have been transferred to Bosnia and Herzegovina in early October, but their deportation was deferred due to the Turkish offensive in areas controlled by Kurdish forces where the detention camps are located.