March 28, 2023

Begum, 23, loses bid to overturn the 2019 choice to revoke her citizenship on nationwide safety grounds.

Shamima Begum, the British nationwide who went to Syria as a schoolgirl to affix ISIL (ISIS), has misplaced her newest problem over the UK authorities’s choice to deprive her of citizenship.

The Particular Immigration Appeals Fee – a tribunal that considers appeals towards selections to take away citizenship on nationwide safety grounds – dismissed Begum’s attraction at a listening to on Wednesday.

She left London in 2015 aged 15 and traveled with two faculty associates to Syria, the place she married an ISIL fighter and gave delivery to 3 youngsters, all of whom died as infants.

She was stripped of her British citizenship in 2019. Shortly after, she was present in a detention camp in Syria.

Begum, now 23, challenged that call at a listening to in London final November.

Al Jazeera’s Nadim Baba, reporting from London, mentioned Wednesday’s ruling was “clearly a setback” for Begum.

“She remains to be within the camp in northern Syria the place she was discovered to be residing in 2019, after 4 years she left her dwelling in east London to go to Turkey and on to Syria into the so-called caliphate run by ISIL,” Baba mentioned.

“However this isn’t the tip of the authorized problem that she will be able to deliver, she will be able to go to the Courtroom of Attraction right here within the UK and the Supreme Courtroom after that,” he added.

“Her attorneys have even prompt it might go to the European Courtroom of Human Rights, too.”

Her authorized workforce argued that the Residence Workplace – the UK’s inside ministry – had failed to research whether or not she was a “youngster sufferer of trafficking”.

Additionally they mentioned that then-Residence Secretary Sajid Javid had “pre-determined” that Begum’s British citizenship needs to be revoked earlier than he obtained any proof from officers.

Javid argued on the time that Begum was a menace to nationwide safety. He additionally mentioned she was eligible for Bangladeshi citizenship, the delivery nation of her dad and mom.

Bangladeshi authorities mentioned Begum didn’t have twin citizenship and had by no means visited the South Asian nation. Additionally they dominated out granting her Bangladeshi nationality.

Worldwide legislation forbids international locations from making individuals stateless by revoking their solely citizenship.

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