SDF calls for international court to try ISIS detainees
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Monday (March 25th) called for the establishment of an international court in the country to try suspected "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) detainees, AFP reported.
"We call on the international community to establish a special international tribunal in north-east Syria to prosecute terrorists," the SDF said in a statement.
In this way, "trials can be conducted fairly and in accordance with international law and human rights covenants and charters", it said.
The Kurdish administration in north-eastern Syria has warned it does not have capacity to detain so many people.
It called on the international community, particularly countries that have nationals detained, to support the establishment of an international tribunal, calling for legal and logistical co-operation and co-ordination.
Also Monday, the SDF said that more than 9,000 foreigners, mostly children, linked to ISIS are present in a camp for the displaced in north-east Syria.
The total number of foreigners in al-Hol includes more than 6,500 children, according to Luqman Ahmi, official spokesman for the Kurdish authorities.
The figure was from a week ago, he said, before the SDF concluded its push to retake the last sliver of Syrian territory from ISIS.