Jagland: The women should be brought home

Thorbjørn JaglandCouncil of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland.Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix

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“It is a threat to the national security if Norway does not pick up women who have quit IS,” says Thorbjørn Jagland.

– “I have long held the view that the countries that have citizens who travel to go to war in Syria and have joined the group IS, we have an obligation to prosecute them. Otherwise, these crimes will in practice go not punishable,” says Thorbjørn Jagland to Vårt Land.

The former Foreign Minister and Secretary-General of the Council of Europe is reacting to the fact that Norway, as he sees it, waives the responsibility for its own nationals.

“We are safer when they are in prison, where we can rehabilitate them, than when they are on free foot outside Europe,” he says.

Jagland believes Norway violates important legal principles by letting potential war criminals go free. The fact that several of the women want to stay in Syria does not deprive Norway of the obligation to do what is possible to bring them to justice – given the seriousness of IS’s crimes, he believes.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, there are now four Norwegian women and four Norwegian children left in Kurdish-controlled camps in Syria. None of them have requested assistance to return to Norway.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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