Until now, the Danish government has flatly refused to take back children from the camps, primarily citing security reasons. Despite pressure from allies, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen emphasised that she had no intention of helping their parents, who, according to her, “turned their backs on Denmark”.
In a surprising change of heart, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has signalled the government’s readiness to repatriate 19 children with links to Denmark from internment camps in northern Syria, TV2 reported.
These children are currently in the Kurdish-controlled camps al-Hol and al-Roj, which both house former militants and supporters of Daesh*. The children are there because their Danish mothers travelled to the Middle East to join the terrorist cause.
Until now, the government has refused to take the children from the camps, primarily citing security reasons. In January, Frederiksen said that “if helping the children means their parents are also helped to get to Denmark, then we can’t make that choice”.
Nevertheless, the Danish intelligence service FE has warned that leaving them in Syria poses more of a potential security risk to Denmark than repatriating them. Numerous newspaper reports, including a recent one by Ekstra Bladet, indicated that the children are at perennial risk of radicalisation by Daesh activists.
Furthermore, Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin, the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedom, slammed…