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What justice for Belgian jihadi fighters? Egmont Commentary, 7 March 2019

Renard, Thomas (2019) What justice for Belgian jihadi fighters? Egmont Commentary, 7 March 2019. [Policy Paper]

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    There are still more than one hundred Belgian fighters in Syria and Iraq, some of which are currently detained in the region. The fall of the Caliphate and the US (partial) military withdrawal have increased pressure on European governments to decide on their fate, and notably whether they should be repatriated or not. In this context, the Belgian government announced its preference for trials by local jurisdictions, or alternatively by an international tribunal. This article discuss the pros and cons of such approach. It concludes that, compared to other European countries, Belgian institutions are well equipped to prosecute, detain and monitor these fighters.

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    Item Type: Policy Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Belgian diplomacy, Middle-East/North Africa, Terrorism
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
    Countries > Belgium
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Egmont : Royal Institute for International Affairs > Commentaries
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2019 12:52
    Number of Pages: 2
    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 12:52

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