Youth and adult citizens of all nations do commit major mistakes at varying times along the adventures of life - this is an accepted fact of the imperfection of humanity. Therefore, any desire to repatriate from youth, who had left their western homes at the height of the Syrian war to join the Islamic State (IS) caliphate in Syria and Iraq, should be accepted and considered.
But recent reports regarding the expressed will to repatriate by youth from both Europe and the United States (US), have been met with great criticism and in some instances, by blatant refusal to permit the citizens back into their countries. Some western youth, who were associated with the IS, are now encamped in northern Syria and in refugee camps elsewhere in the Levant.
Included in the group of westerners expressing a wish to return home is a former 15-year-old British school girl who along with two other classmate girls, snuck into Syria via Turkey in 2015. Four-years-later, the now young woman, has given birth to a baby, but remains in a camp because she reportedly has not shown any remorse over the bins of beheaded heads she has seen during her time in Syria or any regrets to joining the IS back then. CNN, citing a family attorney, just reported on its website that Shamima Begum, the 15-year-old school girl, will be stripped of her British citizenship by the United Kingdom (UK) Home Office.
Western nations fear that their citizens, who joined the IS in Syria and Iraq, pose a credible security threat to their homelands from continued IS influence.
However, nations that fail to repatriate willing youth with experiences in the Levant are guilty of flaunting international law. It is a civil rights deprivation for any individual be rendered stateless.
Nonetheless, any guilt of a crime against humanity is punishable in any and all jurisdictions. In the absence of any commitment of a crime against humanity, then justice must be tendered with mercy in any and all of the cases involving western youth who went into to the Levant to fight for a fallible cause.