Shamima Begum 'a little bit shocked' United Kingdom citizenship revoked

Brenda Watkins
February 21, 2019

Shah had sympathy for Begum's newborn child, Jarrah, who is now in the spotlight over his own entitlement to British citizenship.

"But when someone turns their back on our fundamental values and supports terror, they don't have an automatic right to return to the UK", Mr Javid said.

"And this naturally raises questions about equal British citizenship is?"

Under worldwide law, it is illegal to strip someone of citizenship if doing so would leave that person stateless.

Britain can not remove the citizenship of a person who does not have dual nationality as doing so would make them "stateless" and is illegal under global law.

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

"There must be consequences for those that back terror", he said.

'We must put the safety and security of our country first and I will not hesitate to act to protect it'.

"Shamima's story should serve as a deep reminder that the challenge of radicalisation remains and we must continue helping our young people to find the right path". So she is not stateless by law.

It added it was "deeply concerned that she has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship shared with Bangladesh alongside her birthplace, the United Kingdom".

"It may also be mentioned that she never visited Bangladesh in the past despite her parental lineage".

"On that return she must obviously face a lot of questions about everything she has done and at that point any action may or may not be taken".

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However the legal basis for this statement is unclear.

Many European nations have been content to leave citizens who may sympathize with the Islamic State in Syria, gambling that their societies will be safer if radicalized citizens are kept far from their borders. In that case, the Bangladesh government has said dual nationality must still be applied for, rather than vesting automatically.

But on Wednesday, a letter from the Home Office to her mother stated that Javid had taken the decision to revoke the 19-year-old's British citizenship. I am not that shocked but I am a bit shocked. "What I learn from newspapers is that Shamima was trying to return to Britain".

She added: "I am willing to change".

"I would like them to re-evaluate my case with a bit more mercy in their heart, you know".

Begum herself had insisted to BBC News that she would be left stateless if she were to lose her British citizenship.

Her husband, an IS fighter believed to be held by Kurdish forces in Syria, is Dutch.

She will now stay in the refugee camp in Syria, not an attractive option, or somehow get back to the UK.

Javid hinted that Begum's newborn son - her third child, after her previous son and daughter died in recent months - could be treated differently. "I don't think they are allowed to do that", she said.

"I don't know how I would be seen as a danger". I never encouraged people to come to Syria.

Former Conservative home secretary Ken Clarke said leaving IS fighters and supporters in Syria "seems to me quite a serious threat to future security".

"And this is the perception that occurring in Muslim communities across the country. It's a unsafe situation the Home Secretary has created", Maher said.

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