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Canada: Bring Home ISIS Suspects and Relatives from Syria

Inadequate Steps to Assist 47 Canadians in Dire Conditions

Monday 29 June 2020


Embargoed for ReleaseNot for Publication Until:6:00 a.m. in Toronto, Monday, June 29, 202011:00 GMT, June 29, 2020
(Toronto, June 29, 2020) – Canada is failing to take adequate steps to assist and repatriate dozens of Canadians unlawfully detained in dire conditions for alleged Islamic State (also known as ISIS) links in northeast Syria, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should promptly repatriate all its detained citizens for rehabilitation, reintegration, and, as appropriate, prosecution. The 92-page report, “‘Bring Me Back To Canada’: Plight of Canadians Held in Northeast Syria for Alleged ISIS Links,” says that Canada has not brought home any of the estimated 47 Canadians – 8 men, 13 women, and 26 children – detained for more than a year in overcrowded, filthy, and life-threatening conditions. Most of the children are under age 6, including a 5-year-old orphan. Since March 2020, Canada has repatriated 40,000 other citizens from 100 countries in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, including 29 from Syria.

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