The Kurdish-led organization in northern Syria has asked for the establishment of an international tribunal to hear thousands of suspected members of the Islamic State (IS) group.
One official, Abdul Karim Omar, told reporters that they were grappling to cope with the thousands of IS who came out from the last IS zone of Baghuz, in the east.
Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) annexed and seized the village last week from the IS forces. Over 1,000 foreign fighters are among the thousands who were held by Kurds in prisons.
Most of the men or foreign fighters were from some 50 nations. US President Donald Trump lauded the seizure of Baghuz although he stated that the US would “remain careful” as the group remains a danger.
IS controlled 88,000 sq km (34,000 sq miles) of land across Syria and Iraq. Even though, it doesn’t hold any of the territory, US officials thinks that IS may have 15,000 to 20,000 armed followers active in the region, many of them in sleeper cells, and that it would return to its rebel roots while trying to reestablish.
In a statement, the Kurdish administration called for “a special international committee in north-east Syria to trial terrorists” to assure that trials are “carried out properly and as per international law and human rights covenants and charters.
Speaking to reporters, the administration’s head of foreign affairs, Abdul Karim Omar, stated the fact that the few countries that had let in their citizens who joined IS has only increased their problems.
Many Western governments have declined to allow in their citizens amidst concerns over the likely security risks they might pose, as well as the threats of gathering evidence to back prosecutions.
The US-supported SDF forces have reportedly seized over 5,000 militants – from Syria and abroad. There have been many international tribunals in the past; however, transitional justice expert Joel Hubrecht stated that it was “not realistic” to establish such a tribunal in north-east Syria.