UN report says 550 European women traveled to IS held territories

UN report says 550 European women traveled to IS held territories
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NEW YORK - A UN report said that 550 European women have traveled to territories under control of the Islamic State (IS) and in some places women account for 20 to 30 percent of the foreign terrorist fighters.

In its third report to the Security Council, the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee discussed issues concerning returning foreign terrorist fighters, recruitment of women and girls into terrorist groups and international cooperation regarding counter-terrorism.

Briefing reporters on Friday (Feb. 26) in New York, the executive director of the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Jean-Paul Laborde said recruitment of women and girls is on the rise. He said the committee has made a number of recommendations to member states including the implementation of a Security Council resolution that calls for criminalization of recruitment of foreign fighters, strengthening the judicial institutions to better prosecute foreign terrorist fighters and preventing the inter-State travel of foreign terrorist fighters.

However, Laborde underlined that “we should not mix up and this is speaking from the counter-terrorist point of view, we should not mix up the issues of the refugees and the issues of these foreign terrorist fighters.”

(Cihan)