Location: Al Hasakah, Syria
Source: A24 News Agency
Restriction: A24 clients
The Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), reiterated its call on the international community to step up for ISIS members detained in the Syrian Democratic Forces’ controlled areas, who pose a dangerous threat to the world. Despite their repeated demands, officials in the administration said no serious response was brought forward. According to legal experts, the terms of the partnership agreement between the international coalition forces and SDF forces, Qasad, would establish a joint court to try the members of the organization. However, the financial capacity of the AANES is insufficient to conduct a trial for these detainees, especially foreigners, limiting the trial to ISIS members of Syrian nationality only.
- Soundbite (Khaled Ali – Member of the Justice Council of Northern and Eastern Syria):
“We called on the international community to conduct trials for them] ISIS members [on our territory. We also demanded to conduct joint trials with the international coalition, especially since the terms of assigning the coalition to combat ISIS militarily include conducting trials for them on any territory. But we see that there is no intention or international will to conduct these trials or even provide any assistance in this file.”
– Soundbite (Abdul Karim Omar – Co-chair of the Foreign Relations Commission):
“Our main demand was to conduct an international court for two reasons. The first is because the incident took place here and they ]ISIS members[ committed crimes against this region’s people. The second is because we have the evidence that condemns these criminals, but, unfortunately, the international community did not respond or take action. The file of detained ISIS militants and camps is a time bomb that will affect the entire international community. We communicated once again with the international community and announced the necessity to combat the issue through joint coordination since the Autonomous Administration’s capacity is insufficient. This issue is one of the repercussions of the international campaign to confront ISIS. We have long demanded to form an international conference under the auspices of the United Nations to exchange views on how to confront this dangerous, large, and very complex file.”