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Jakarta Post

Is repatriation of Islamic State detainees necessary?

  • Qusthan Firdaus


Jakarta   /   Wed, February 12, 2020   /  10:32 am
Is repatriation of Islamic State detainees necessary? Participants in the action joined in the Bhinneka Jaya Volunteer Line (Barabaja) rallied by bringing posters in front of the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Monday (02/10/2020). They rejected plans to return around 600 former Indonesian citizens (WNI) from ISIS back to Indonesia. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Discussions on repatriating former fighters of the Islamic State (IS) movement and their families have intensified in Indonesia four months after the killing of IS leader Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi last October. In contrast, developed countries have been dealing with this problem more intensively since IS suffered a major defeat in mid-2017. As Indonesia is the world’s largest Sunni-Muslim-dominated country, the Islamic denomination that IS claims to represent, it is surprising that we seem to fail to pay attention to the fate of the former fighters and their families from Indonesia. To some people, the issue poses a dilemma concerning humanity, justice and human rights. For instance, not all spouses of the former fighters were likely to have made independent decisions prior to fleeing to Iraq and Syria. Some might even have been victims of deception. Yet, to determine if th...

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