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U.N.'s Bachelet says 55,000 linked to IS in Syria and Iraq should be tried or freed

U.N.'s Bachelet says 55,000 linked to IS in Syria and Iraq should be tried or freed
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks at a news conference after meeting with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, June 21, 2019. REUTERS/Fausto Torrealba -
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GENEVA (Reuters) – U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday that 55,000 former Islamic State fighters, including foreigners, and their families detained in Syria and Iraq should face fair prosecution or be freed.

States “must assume responsibility for their nationals” and should not inflict statelessness on fighters’ children who have already suffered so much, Bachelet told the U.N. Human Rights Council as it opened a three-week session in Geneva.

(Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay, editing by Tom Miles)

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