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Think tank urges repatriation of Indonesian children as threats of IS rebirth loom in Syrian camps

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, August 30, 2019   /  06:38 pm
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A woman peeks outside in Marsudi Putra Handayani social shelter in East Jakarta in this file photo taken on Feb. 6, 2017. The shelter houses several Indonesians deported by Turkish government after they allegedly tried to cross to Syria to join the IS militant group.(JP /Dhoni Setiawan)

The Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) has called for the government to begin assessing and creating policies for the swift repatriation of Indonesian Islamic State (IS) movement sympathizers stranded at Kurdish-run camps in war-torn Syria amid fears of intimidation of vulnerable groups and growing activities of the notorious militant group. In a report released on Tuesday, the think tank argued that repatriation remained a nonpriority "for anyone in government", urging the authorities to begin with identifying vulnerable groups, such as children, given that they could face threatening conditions and further radicalization in the camps. “There’s no need to wait for an all-encompassing policy to begin to bring back those most at risk. The government doesn’t have to decide what to do about 200 people – it can start with five or 10,...