Published: Thu, February 21, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Britain to strip Shamima Begum of citizenship

Britain to strip Shamima Begum of citizenship

He said: "Shamima Begum made a risky and damaging decision to join Daesh's now failing state; whilst the debate around the United Kingdom government's decision to revoke her citizenship continues, there is no denying the severe consequences of her actions and the tragic implications for her or her child".

Begum gave birth to her third child at the weekend, and appealed to British authorities to show "compassion" by allowing her to raise the baby in Britain - while expressing no regret over having joined IS.

This is complicated. A child born to a British parent before they are deprived of their citizenship is still British.

"She is a British citizen by birth and has never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh", the Bangledeshi foreign ministry said in a statement.

In this file photo taken on February 22, 2015, Renu Begum, eldest sister of British Islamic State member Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London.

"The decision to strip Ms Begum of her citizenship could send a chill down the spine of not just British Muslim communities, but also all Britons whose parents come from immigrant backgrounds", the spokesperson told MEE.

Mr Alam added: "So, there is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh".

Speaking from the refugee camp after being informed of the decision yesterday, Begum said she was "a bit shocked".

"My number one job is to do whatever I can to keep this country safe", he said.

She said she changed her mind about IS after they imprisoned and tortured her Dutch husband - an armed jihadi.

Young woman who joined ISIS won't be allowed to re-enter U.S.
In a series of interviews this week from a sprawling camp in northern Syria with her infant son, she expressed deep remorse. The United States announced it would refuse to take back the US-born woman, saying that she is no longer a citizen. "Ms.


"I heard that other people are being sent back to Britain, so I don't know why my case is any different to other people, or is it just because I was on the news four years ago?" she said.

Asked whether she had been left stateless by Britain, the Begum family's lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said: 'It's certainly something we will be adding to the mix in terms of our appeal'.

Begum's situation has raised legal, ethical and security conundrums for Western governments over how they deal with their citizens who joined the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

Begum was 15 when she and two other students at the Bethnal Green Academy in East London traveled to Syria to join ISIS.

Interior minister Sajid Javid told lawmakers Wednesday that revoking citizenship was "a powerful tool" not used lightly.

France has said while it won't repatriate all 130 of its citizens "en-masse", it will review each person on a "case-by-case" basis.

"People are likely to be left in limbo in war zones unable to seek safety or basic human rights", said Devyani Prabhat, who researches and teaches migration, citizenship and nationality at the University of Bristol Law School. Her two previous children died in Syria from illness.

Javid told Parliament on Wednesday that children of jihadists who lose their citizenship could still be British, which could mean Begum's newborn son could be entitled to British citizenship.

On what should happen next, he reiterated that "she has a right to return to Britain", adding: "At that point, any action may or may not be taken".

Begum was born in Britain, has never had a Bangladeshi passport and is not a dual citizen, her family's lawyer said.

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