Sitara Thalia Ambrosio

Photojournalist and Visual Storyteller.
    
IS processes: Thousands of foreign IS supporters have been imprisoned in north-eastern Syria for years.
Location: Hanover
Nationality: german
Biography: Sitara Thalia Ambrosio  is a german Photojournalist and Visual Storyteller. Ambrosio works internationally focusing on gender issues, migration, human rights violations, EU borders and conflicts. She aims to create thought-provoking visuals,... MORE
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IS processes: Thousands of foreign IS supporters have been imprisoned in north-eastern Syria for years.
Copyright Sitara Thalia Ambrosio 2023
Updated Aug 2023
Summary
For years, thousands of suspected IS supporters have been awaiting sentencing in prisons in northeastern Syria. Why is that? What is the legal procedure for dealing with the world's largest terrorist organization?
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"People committed their crimes on our soil, on our people. We have the evidence and the eyewitnesses here", says Rima Berkel, Judicial Councilor of the Autonomous Self-Government.

It has been ten years since IS first emerged. It had split from Al-Qaeda in 2013 and sought to use the chaos of the war in Syria to create a caliphate. While the Syrian regime quickly withdrew from the fighting, the Kurds in particular and militias allied with them opposed the jihadists. Starting in 2014, they were supported by an international alliance led by the United States, primarily through airstrikes. When the SDF captured the town of Baghouz, the last IS retreat near the Iraqi border, in 2019, the jihadists were considered defeated.
Thousands of fighters and their relatives were captured. Since then, the question for the Kurds has been: What should they do with all the men and women who for many years belonged to what is probably the world's most dangerous terrorist organization and many of whom are of foreign nationality?

Bartholomäus Laffert and me - with support of Shaveen Mohammad - went to the region to talk to those that suffered from the cruelties of the terrorist group and whose relatives were killed. Furthermore we spoke with officials, that try to hold the perpetrators accountable.
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