‘Undesirable’: Denmark Dismisses UN Calls to Repatriate Jihadists


While the Danish government emphasised that its citizens remain in internment camps in Syria for the sake of the country’s security, several assessments pointed out that the risk of radicalisation grows the longer they stay in the camps, which have been deemed “radicalising environments” themselves.

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, has unleashed harsh criticism on the Danish government over the handling of its citizens in internment camps in northeastern Syria.

Denmark has always been an advocate for tolerance, human rights and the letter of the law. But you can not just preach it, you must live by it – even when it is difficult politically,” Ní Aoláin said in an interview with Danish Radio, calling on the country to repatriate its citizens, including former jihadists, Daesh* brides and their children, from the Kurdish-controlled prison camps in northeastern Syria.

At least two men, seven women and 19 children affiliated with Denmark currently live in the camps. Of the 19 children, nine were born in Denmark, while ten were born in the conflict zone. The Scandinavian country has been put on the UN’s “list of shame”, which features 57 countries that have failed to repatriate their citizens.

“Here we have a state like Denmark pretend to support the Convention on the Rights of the Child, pretend to have a human…

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