KUnited Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has accused Finland of violating the rights of Finnish children by leaving them in life-threatening conditions in Syrian camps.
The committee of 18 independent experts issued the findings on Wednesday after reviewing a case brought on behalf of six Finnish children held in the al-Hol camp in Syria’s northeastern region. The children belong to parents suspected of fighting for the ISIS armed group.
The committee said the prolonged detention of child victims “in life-threatening conditions” amounted to “inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment”.
“Finland has the responsibility and power to protect Finnish children in Syrian camps against an immediate risk to their lives by taking action for their repatriation,” the CRC said in a statement.
The matter was brought to the committee in 2019, after which three of the children were able to leave the camp with their mother and eventually returned to Finland.
“The three remaining child victims, currently between five and six years old, are still being held in closed camps in a war-like zone,” the experts said.
The committee said it was the second time it had examined the detention of children in refugee camps in the northeast. It previously investigated three cases brought against France.
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