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Blind spot on programs for IS returnees, deportees

  • Ulta Levenia and Alban Sciascia

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Singapore   /   Fri, November 1, 2019   /  12:08 pm
Blind spot on programs for IS returnees, deportees A screen capture of Mariam Abdullah, an Indonesian in Islamic State camp in Syria, in a video by Tirto.id. (JP/-)

Indonesia’s rehabilitation and disengagement program needs urgent improvement for the country to cope with the future threats of returnees or “deportees”. Around 775 former Indonesian Islamic State (IS) group sympathizers are scattered in several camps in Syria. Most of them are women and children who wish to return to Indonesia. However, none of Indonesia’s reliable programs have been proven effective. In Indonesia, most people who return from Syria — either returnees who came back on their own or deported from countries such as Turkey, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore or Sri Lanka — will be spotted by authorities and then arrested. They will follow the same process. First, they will be interrogated by the National Police’s antiterror force, Densus 88, to get a clear picture of their implications within local terrorist organizations su...

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