Australian court rules in favor of govt over Syria repatriations

LONDON: Australia does not have a legal obligation to repatriate 31 of its citizens from Syria’s Al-Roj detention camp, a court has ruled, The Guardian reported on Friday.

The Australian branch of Save the Children had launched the case, representing 11 Australian women and their 20 children in the camp, and arguing that the federal government was required to repatriate them.

Most of the women have been detained in Al-Roj, in Syria’s northeast, for four years, and have not been charged with a crime. Some of their children were born in the camp and have never left.

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