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SHAMIMA BEGUM LOSES APPEAL AGAINST BEING STRIPPED OF HER UK CITIZENSHIP

SHAMIMA BEGUM LOSES APPEAL AGAINST BEING STRIPPED OF HER UK CITIZENSHIP
UK News

SHAMIMA BEGUM LOSES APPEAL AGAINST BEING STRIPPED OF HER UK CITIZENSHIP

SHAMIMA BEGUM LOSES APPEAL AGAINST BEING STRIPPED OF HER UK CITIZENSHIP

Runaway teen 'ISIS bride' Shamima Begum has lost her appeal against the decision made by the UK government to strip her of her UK citizenship.

The appeal was filed on the basis that stripping Begum of her UK citizenship was an unlawful decision.

Begum's British citizenship was stripped on the basis of national security in 2019 when she was 19 years old.

This decision was appealed by Begum who wished to return to the UK, however, her appeal was denied on Friday 23 February.

Who is Shamima Begum?

Shamima Begum was born in the UK to parents of Bangladeshi heritage. In 2015 at the height of online radicalisation and recruitment for terrorist organisations such as Islamic State, Begum ran away from her East London home, along with two school friends.

When Begum arrived in Syria, she married Dutch national Yago Riedijk.

After the Islamic State was defeated by the UK and the US, hundreds of women and children, including Begum, were detained in refugee camps.

Begum was then found in al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria in 2019 by a Times journalist who relayed her desire to return to the UK, but also that she did not regret joining IS.

Her comments sparked outrage in British media, resulting in Home Secretary Sajid Javid revoking Begum's UK citizenship.

Javid said those who left the country to join IS had "all supported a terrorist organisation and in doing so they have shown they hate our country and the values we stand for”.

Javid recommended that as Begum's parents were both of Bangladeshi heritage she should apply for Bangladeshi citizenship.

However, the Bangladeshi foreign minister warned that Begum would face the death penalty if she was to go there.

Begum's lawyers told the court of appeal that the decision to revoke Begum's UK citizenship was unlawful due to Javid failing to consider whether Begum had been groomed or trafficked, therefore breaching anti-slavery protection laws.

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