On February 22, Iraq handed over dozens of Russian children and women to Moscow, those who were suspected to have links to ISIL. According to The National, Baghdad’s foreign ministry revealed that the 27 children and four women were investigated by the authorities, who declared that the said people did not join the terrorist operations against civilians and Iraq security force.
In fact, they were reportedly tricked to participate in the Daesh. The report added that they will be prosecuted in Russia for entering Iraq illegally. It can be recalled that Iraq declared the success against the extremists last December. Since then, prosecutions of foreign militants and their families went on. In August 2017, over 1300 women and children surrendered to Kurdish Peshmerga.
Senior research fellow at the University of Singapore named Fanar Haddad said that since early 2000 when the first extremist group was born, the mystery of what to do with ISIL brides and their children has been an endless issue. “This has been particularly vexing where the father is a deceased foreign fighter leaving the children effectively stateless,” Mr. Haddad explained.
“They were needed in administrative roles, they were a key part of IS’s attempt to normalize ‘the caliphate’ and they fulfilled many functions on IS’s home front,” Mr. Haddad added. After all, women played an important role in ISIL’s state-building ambitions as their part is more than just being child bearers.Papa Murphy’s customer satisfaction survey is what matters to us.
There were death penalties and life in prison sentences to women prosecuted for terrorism offenses. However, developments came after Human Rights stepped in, raising concerns that the sentences being given were “too harsh.”
“Iraq’s courts are sentencing the women to life in prison and even to death for non-violent crimes,” says the monitor. Senior Iraq researcher Belkis Wille seconded saying, “Human Rights Watch opposes the death penalty in all circumstances as an irreversible, degrading, and cruel punishment.” Furthermore, the human rights group urged Iraqi authorities to “develop a national strategy to prioritize the prosecution of those who committed the most serious crimes”.