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Denmark returns women and children detained in Syrian camps

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Denmark announced on Tuesday that it was repatriating 22 Danish citizens, including women and children, who are being held in detention camps in northeastern Syria for their links to ISIL fighters.

The decision marks a change in policy for the Social Democrat government, which is facing increasing pressure from human rights activists and other coalition parties who have threatened to vote no confidence in the minority foreign minister, according to Reuters.

Danish citizens are among about 10,000 foreign women and children from 57 different countries detained in the Al-Hool and Rouge camps, run by Syrian Kurdish authorities and where the majority of Iraqis and Syrians live.

The decision to return the three Danish women and their 14 children, along with five other children without their mothers, was based on a recommendation from the Danish Security and Intelligence Service.

The government refused to extradite the women until Tuesday, saying they posed a security threat to Denmark.

“They must be held accountable for their actions and will be prosecuted as soon as they set foot on Danish soil,” Danish Justice Minister Nick Heckrup told a news conference.

UN international law experts said in February that under international law, governments have a duty to repatriate their citizens and, if there is evidence, to prosecute adults for war crimes or other crimes during fair trials in domestic courts. .

The Danish minority government, led by Prime Minister Dr Mott Fredriksen, has also been criticized for advancing efforts to repatriate refugees to war-torn Syria while claiming to improve conditions in Syria.

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