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IS captives 'must be tried or freed': UN

June 25, 2019 00:00:00

The UN says tens of thousands of Islamic State fighters and family members being held in Iraq and Syria must be tried or released, reports BBC.

Human rights chief Michelle Bachelet also called on countries to take responsibility for their citizens and take them back if not charged.

The last IS strongholds fell in March and some 55,000 people are being held., including thousands of foreigners.

But many nations have shown reluctance to bring their citizens back.

The countries fear prosecutions of IS fighters may be difficult and public opinion is often strongly against repatriation.

Some countries have also refused to recognise the children of IS members born in Syria and Iraq as citizens, despite their parents having nationality.

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