International Forum on ISIS

Press Kit International Forum on ISIS: Day 3

Breakthrough at #ISISForum2019: legal framework already in place to put ISIS on trial in NE Syria, says top lawyer.
  • EXCL: legal framework already exists to put ISIS on trial in NE Syria – coalition states have right and responsibility to bring ISIS to justice based on 2014 UN Security Council resolutions, top French lawyer reveals 
  • Dominique Inchauspe also states North East Syria itself has the right to bring ISIS to the International Criminal Court despite lack of international recognition 
  • EXCL: American academic reveals Turkish troops opened fire on him on Turkish soil in Kobane 2014 when he tweeted info about Turkish support for ISIS
  • Lawyer representing 60 ISIS detainees, lawyer with experience of reconciliation in post-Apartheid South Africa, expert who’s spoken to over 200 former ISIS members speak on next steps against ISIS

The conference ended with 12 demands, most notably that “In pursuance of the Security Council resolutions relating to counter-terrorism and justice, an international tribunal should be established in northern and eastern Syria.”You can find the full statement here.

A high-quality photo gallery can be found here.

as detailed below we can provide video footage, audio clips and text, plus pass on the key research presented today.

Keynote speaker Dominique Inchauspé, international lawyer at the Paris bar, revealed international nations have both the legal mandate and the active responsibility to bring ISIS to justice on the basis of UN Security Council resolutions 2178, 2170 and 2249, made at ISIS’ height in 2014.

Acting on this, international powers can break the legal deadlock over ISIS – overcoming the number 1 barrier before an international tribunal in North East Syria, the Russian Security Council veto – and move to bring ISIS to justice, as required by the UN directives.

Mr Inchauspe said: “ISIS’ actions must be tried in an international court. Taking the problem from a legal point of view, I have the solution – I have a decision from the United Nations. These resolutions make direct reference to international law. We don’t need to ask for another one.”

Mr Inchauspe also revealed that North East Syria itself has the power to bring ISIS to the International Criminal Court, saying: “To be an international subject of law, you only need to have a territory, a population and an independent government, that’s all.  You do not need, legally speaking, to be recognized by other countries.”

His full remarks also reveal the possibility of attaching an international court to the existing legal system in North East Syria, and other routes for bringing ISIS and their supporters to justice.

Please contact us for full video, audio, text of his keynote speech, exclusive video interview, or to organise interviews directly with Mr Inchauspe.

Dr. Thoreau Redcrow of NSU University Florida revealed:

“when I and a few others began to report on social media in early October of 2014, about how we could see Turkey driving ISIS fighters across the border, our village and vantage point was attacked by the Turkish Army with an extremely-potent gas, followed by Turkish troops opening fire with live rounds on our position.”

He also presented research including a 20-page list of proven instances of Turkish support for ISIS, available upon request.

Anne Speckhard, head of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, has interviewed over 600 terrorists and 200 ISIS members. She said her survey indicated that many ISIS members were dissaffected with the organisation, and that the Autonomous Administration should survey them and start deradicalisation programs to reach those who can be rehabilitated.

She said: “the Iraqi system doesn’t meet EU or international standards. It’s neither an ethical or legal option. [In North East Syria], you have European standards of human rights, you follow international legal standards, you treat prisoners with respect. These prisoners need something new, and you can offer that.”

Andre Seebregts, Dutch lawyer representing 60 ISIS-linked individuals detained in North East Syria, said the International Forum on ISIS itself was proof it was not “too dangerous” for Dutch authorities to engage with the Autonomous Administration, as has been claimed.He said: “The Netherlands are fully equipped to prosecute foreign fighters & give them fairly long sentences, we have prosecuted ISIS women. But the negotiations are not going well, and the Dutch authorities need to take responsibility.”

Mahmoud Patel of West Cape University, South Africa, discussed lessons learned during the reconciliation process in South Africa post-apartheid, including the importance of international states  “not dictating but assisting” with justice for ISIS and finding forms of justice which “put the community first,” as achieved in South Africa with reference to traditional Bantu law.

Other speakers for whom we also can provide full transcripts, video and audio include:

Dr Ahmed Ragab of the Harvard Divinity School on links between ISIS’ fundamentalist ideology and Erdogan’s ‘one flag, one state’; Michiel Pestman, Dutch lawyer with experience of the ICC and international courts in Sierra Leone and Cambodia, calling for the authorities in North East Syria to set up their own justice mechanisms; Charles Brisard of the Center for Analysing Terrorism on the lessons we can learn from failed anti-terror efforts against Al Qaeda; and Rami Abdulrahman of the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights on Turkish support for ISIS.

Contact with requests for content, media or additional information. Audio and video, interviews, photos, and exclusive interviews are available upon request.

– For a full list of speakers and additional quotes or readouts, email

Press pack for the International Forum on ISIS 2019

‘Bringing ISIS to Justice’: Rojava Information Center report on the proposed international tribunal in North East Syria, July 2019

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