A human rights group has criticised Canada for failing to repatriate dozens of residents with alleged ties to the Islamic State (IS) again from Syria.
Human Rights Watch, a world organisation, says 47 Canadians – together with 26 children – have been detained for over a 12 months.
Included in the checklist is Jack Letts, an Anglo-Canadian man who misplaced UK citizenship in 2019.
Nicknamed “Jihadi Jack” by the UK press, he joined IS in 2014, aged 18.
The twin UK-Canadian nationwide was jailed after being captured by Kurdish YPG forces whereas making an attempt to flee to Turkey in May 2017.
The Canadian authorities stated the UK had “off-loaded” its tasks.
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The report, revealed by Human Rights Watch, accused Canada of abandoning its worldwide obligations and failing to present consular help due to the Canadians’ alleged ties to IS.
“If Canada can bring home tens of hundreds of residents from all over the world in a matter of weeks, certainly it could possibly discover a manner to repatriate fewer than 50 others trapped in horrific situations in northeast Syria,” stated Letta Tayler, senior disaster and battle researcher at Human Rights Watch.
“The lives of Canadians are on the road, and the time to bring them home is now.”
During his day by day press convention on Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the federal government, and stated it’s troublesome to provide diplomatic help due to security considerations in the area. Canada doesn’t have a diplomatic presence in Syria.
“We have a duty as a authorities to make sure that Canadian residents, notably workers, usually are not put into hazard, usually are not uncovered to grave conditions,” Mr Trudeau stated.
“Syria is an space the place we don’t have any diplomats or any Canadians on the bottom and due to this fact we work via intermediaries to attempt to present consular help as finest we are able to.”
Human Rights Watch is just not the primary worldwide organisation to criticise Canada’s response.
In May, a panel of UN human rights consultants urged the nation to bring home 5-year-old Amira, who was being held in the al-Hol refugee camp, which homes hundreds of relations of IS.
The lady was orphaned when her Canadian mother and father and brother died in a battle, the UN panel says.
Her uncle, who lives in Canada, has been making an attempt to bring her to stay with him, and has visited her in the camp, in accordance to CTV News.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated the federal government is making an attempt to bring her to Canada, however has to undergo the “correct processes”.