Court Rules France Must Repatriate Citizens Held in Syria’s Camps


The European Court of Human Rights ruled that France has a definitive obligation under Article 3 Paragraph 2 of Protocol No. 4. to return its nationals from the camps in eastern Syria if they face exceptional circumstances abroad, such as risks to the life and health of the people living in these camps.

Under this ruling France must provide due process in assessing requests for repatriation and avoid abuse of these rights as determined by the court.

As has been stated by the UN, US Military, and numerous humanitarian organizations, the detention camps in Syria, most of whose prisoners are children and women, do not meet basic humanitarian standards and detainees have frequently died due to abuse, murder and neglect.

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