Yazidi Journalist Outraged by UK’s ISIS Reintegration Bribe

The UK Home Office plans to offer up taxpayer-funded homes, among other benefits, to returning ISIS fighters.

Next year, the UK Home Office will offer returning jihadists, including those who fought for ISIS, taxpayer-funded homes and help finding jobs as part of a bribe intended to turn them away from extremism.

The returned fighters could also receive priority on waiting lists in education.

Saad Babir, a Yazidi journalist from Iraqi Kurdistan who now lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, is not happy about this.

Babir told Conatus News (edited for clarity):

I think that housing terrorists and integrating them into society is not an appropriate way to respect victims of their actions. Many families were destroyed due to these people’s actions. Children became orphans, women were widowed, and parents lost their children because of these extremists. People were deprived of their basic human rights. Many were left homeless. I think these terrorists should be investigated with the help of those who suffered at their hands, but survived.

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Thousands of Yazidis have been displaced by ISIS [Image: Business Insider]
Babir went on to note that there have been many instances in which rescued Yazidi women recognised their ISIS abusers after the fighters escaped with civilians from the areas in which they had fought.

One such case occurred in Germany in 2016, when a Yazidi woman receiving psychological treatment recognised an ISIS militant who had assaulted her for four months.

Babir also said that the reintegration plan would put the UK at greater risk because returning jihadists ‘will get stronger with time. They must go through a heavy investigation process to be sentenced and penalised fairly instead of offering them living options.’

Earlier this year, the United Nations approved a resolution to investigate ISIS for war crimes. ISIS militants have yet to be prosecuted.

Tara is a journalist and campaigner based in San Francisco, US

Article Discussion


    10 November, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    How about (just an idea) handing out a copy of The Holy Book of Quran to every British citizen with a pulse? Simply -to end once and for all- the nonsense of being ISLAMOPHOBIC by criticising the content of the Book? I have NO obligation/duty to LIKE or even ACCEPT someone else's point of view. I am FREE- after reading the Holy Book of Quran - I decided: it's not for me, it's cruel, inhumane,intolerant, oppressive and just STUPID. BEYOND STUPID. The same applies to any other book which I DO NOT BELIEVE IN (as in somehow been a PROPER revelation of/from god himself). I have EVERY RIGHT TO CRITICISE ANY/EVERY BOOK on its merit. Holy or not. I don't care. So, please, LET US ALL READ THE QURAN - and let US ALL just make our minds up about WHAT IS REALLY IN IT. Peace, love, generosity, tolerance, understanding, diversity, equality, social justice. Let us all do the ESSENTIAL HOMEWORK.

  • Posted by Fogbraider

    10 November, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Interesting to hear of ISIS monsters being recognised by surviving victims. But this kind of chance emergence of evidence isn't going to be enough to take these people to court. Mostly the witnesses will be dead or untraceable. I imagine that this is why Western countries are backing off from even trying - we could incur enormous expense and, at the end of a long-drawn out process, not even achieve convictions (especially as our judiciaries are packed with deluded left-wing bleeding hearts). But it isn't necessary to prosecute them for specific crimes that we might never be able to find out about, let alone prove in a court of law. All we need to do is prosecute them for treason. Why our leaders aren't doing that, I do not know.

    • Posted by Tara Abhasakun

      11 November, 2017 at 2:49 am

      I absolutely agree with you that they should all be prosecuted for treason, but hte thing is, people who go to Syria go there because they want to rape and kill. In fact, there was recently an article about how ISIS recruited sex offenders because they knew they'd love the opportunity to rape. Therefore, I think that even if it will take a long time to go through every single one of them, they should all automatically receive life sentences.

  • Posted by Tara Abhasakun

    6 November, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Saudi needs to GTFO the UN women's rights council.

  • Posted by Fraser Johnston

    6 November, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Muslim UN investigating muslims for war crimes? Don't hold your breath!

  • Posted by Tara Abhasakun

    1 November, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Me too. My blood is boiling.

  • Posted by e lee

    1 November, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Most appalling news I've heard in a while.

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