27/07/2023

UN Special Rapporteur visits North and East Syria to assess situation of children in refugee camps

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms in combating terrorism, embarked on a groundbreaking visit to North and East Syria. The visit marks the first time a high-ranking UN official has visited the region, signifying the international community’s growing concern about the human rights situation in the area.

During her visit, Ní Aoláin, accompanied by a delegation, met with the Co-Chairs of the Foreign Relations Commission of North and East Syria, Badran Jia Kurd and Samar Al-Abdullah, and conducted visits to detention and rehabilitation centers for children within the Roj and Al-Hol camps housing people associated with the Islamic State (ISIS). The visit was organized in coordination with the AANES Representative in Geneva.

The primary focus of the visit was to assess the conditions in child detention centers and rehabilitation facilities. Additionally, the issue of repatriating foreigners to their countries of origin was discussed and evaluated.

The delegation was granted access to various detention facilities, children’s rehabilitation centers, and camps across North and East Syria. The cooperation received during these official visits was acknowledged and appreciated by the delegation.

In a press statement, the Foreign Relations Commission emphasized the significance of this visit to North and East Syria. They called on the international community to share responsibility for the conditions of detention centers and camps, recognizing the immense burden faced by AANES in addressing these challenges.