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Naparima MP: Trinis detained at Iraqi camp
Isis bombshell in budget debate
Trinidadian nationals are among
women and children from 12 ter-
ritories who surrendered with Is-
lamic State (Isis) ighters to Iraqi
authorities in late August, a recent
Human Rights Watch report has
UNC MP Rodney Charles caused
an uproar from Government in
yesterday's Budget debate in
Parliament when he alluded to
the discovery of the TT nationals
being held abroad and initially re-
fused to disclose the source of his
After debate yesterday, Attor-
ney General Faris Al-Rawi who
was asked about T&T families who
went overseas to join Isis in re-
cent years, con irmed, "We have
a number of matters that are on
track with several of our foreign
partners. We'll report on these as
and when we're in a position to."
Charles raised the issue of T&T
terrorist ighters overseas during
the debate and added T&T cit-
izens --- women and children ---
were recently captured in Iraq.
He didn't immediately give the
source of that information saying
he didn't have it. Government
MPs protested. Charles subse-
quently produced the source and
Deputy Speaker Esmond Forde
allowed him to state it.
But Charles was hit by Govern-
ment roars when he attempted to
give the information. Opposition
MPs shouted back.
Charles started reading the re-
port with some PNM MPs saying
"That's not so." Prime Minister
Keith Rowley protested Charles
"introducing new information."
UNC MPs again objected, con-
tinuing as Attorney General Faris
Al-Rawi attempted to halt Charles.
Both sides continued quarrelling
during the lunch break.
Minister in the Attorney Gener-
al's of ice, Fitzgerald Hinds who
spoke after Charles, said Charles
had tarnished T&T's reputation.
Hinds said 180 people were re-
corded going to ight overseas ---
men, women and children --- "all
between 2013 to 2014."
Al-Rawi told T&T Guardian that
Government was tracking the
families. He said Charles was reck-
less to quote information without
"Also, there's a penchant from
the international community to
push out information that's unver-
i ied, to tarnish our information.
This form of reckless communi-
cation from the UNC constantly
lands in international papers, tar-
nishing our reputation," he said.
Al-Rawi said until National Se-
curity and international partners
deal with the matter "in an evi-
dential way, there'll be no ole talk
The reason T&T survived inter-
national scrutiny is because it was
taken in a strict way."
National Security Minister Ed-
mund Dillon said Charles' infor-
mation "was unveri ied". He said
he hadn't seen the report.
Naparima MP Rodney Charles during his contribution to the Budget debate,
The Human Rights Watch report,
which was compiled last month,
by Bill Van Esveld states Iraqi au-
thorities are holding 1,400 foreign
women and their children who
surrendered with Isis fighters in
late August, fleeing a military of-
fensive that re-took a town from
Isis. They were placed at a deten-
tion site, north of Mosul.
The human rights group which
visited the camp on September
10 - 11, stated, "The women and
international humanitarian staff
there said they include Afghan,
Azerbaijani, Chinese, Chechen,
Iranian, Russian, Syrian, Tajik,
Trinidadian and Turkish nationals.
Reuters reported they also include
Algerian, French and German na-
Reuters was told the Iraqi army
was holding the women and chil-
dren "under tight security meas-
ures" while awaiting orders how
to deal with them --- including
women described as being "de-
luded by vicious Isis propaganda."
The report stated on Septem-
ber 16, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider
al-Abadi said most of the women
and children weren't guilty of a
crime and his Government was in
"full communication" with their
home countries to "find a way to
hand them over."
Human Rights Watch is a non-
profit, non-governmental human
rights organisation which pub-
lishes reports on human rights
conditions in 90 countries.
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