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):
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.
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.
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