Children – not terrorists! Bringing children home from ISIL

An estimated 4640 children travelled to Iraq or Syria, either alone or with their families, to join the so-called Islamic State. Since the fall of the terrorist group, many of them live in displacement camps under deplorable conditions. They have not only been victims of recruitment or trafficking, but also witnessed extreme violence and indoctrination. We call on State authorities for an urgent response to guarantee their rights.

Before and after the proclamation of the caliphate of the so-called Islamic State in 2014, people from over 80 countries travelled to Iraq and Syria to join the terrorist group. Taken unwillingly or recruited, children have been used to carry weapons, guard strategic locations, arrest civilians, but have also been subject to sexual violence, forced marriage, or were exploited in suicide bombings.

With the defeat of ISIL, their nightmare is not over: in the al-Hol camp in Northern Syria which hosts most of the displaced people from ISIL occupied territories and relatives of ISIL fighters, 371 children died in 2019 as a result of the deplorable living conditions.

The right to return

Regardless of their role, of whether they had been recruited or their parents were involved with ISIL, these children have rights set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. States who have ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the involvement of children in armed conflict, such as Switzerland, have the obligation to demobilise children recruited by these groups and assume their reintegration into the society. 

We call on all authorities to accept their international responsibility for their citizens by repatriating them, especially children. States must facilitate their rehabilitation and recovery. They must ensure that children are not separated from their parents unless it’s in their best interest and that they are never criminalised purely for their association or membership of a terrorist group.

Find out more about the situation of children who have been enrolled in armed groups, their rights and what Tdh and its partners recommend by reading our position paper “Bringing Children Home: A children’s rights approach to returning from ISIL” 



DECLARACIÓN DE PARIS Paris, 20 de mayo de 2018 

Haga clic aquí para leer la Declaración de París. 



Las Directrices de la Asociación sobre Los Niños en Contacto con el Sistema de Justicia  han sido  ratificadas por los socios.

El texto de las Directrices está disponible enDocumentación del sitio web.



Buenas noticias de Italia: la legislación propuesta, tal como se describe en la Crónica de julio de 2017, es retirada por el Gobierno italiano. Más informaciones están disponibles aquì.


Justice Renate Winter, Presidente del AIMJF / IAYFJM (2006-2010), fue elegido Presidente del Comité CRC el 15 de mayo de 2018.



Esto es el nuevo sitio web de la Asociación Internacional de Magistrados de la Juventud y la Familia (AIMJF), una ONG (Organización No Gubernamental) fundada y registrada en Bruselas (Bélgica) en 1928, con estatus consultivo ante el Consejo de Europa.

Como visitante del sitio web, esperamos que usted encontrará la información (es decir, eventos e investigaciones) y la documentación (es decir, leyes y jurisprudencia) relativas a los derechos de la juventud y la familia y su protección.