Published: Thu, February 21, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Teenager who joined ISIL group in Syria to lose United Kingdom citizenship

Teenager who joined ISIL group in Syria to lose United Kingdom citizenship

Ms Begum, who gave birth to a son at the weekend, was 15 when she fled Bethnal Green in east London with two other schoolgirls in 2015 to travel to Syria.

Attorney Tasnime Akunjee tweeted Tuesday that the family is "very disappointed with the Home Office's intention to have an order made depriving Shamima of her citizenship".

Britain's decision to revoke the citizenship of Shamima Begum on Tuesday has received both support and condemnation and is now expected to be contested in a legal challenge.

In 2015, then-15-year-old Shamima Begum married a Daesh* militant in Syria after running away from the United Kingdom with her friends Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana. "So they'd only have proof I didn't anything that is risky", she said.

Amal De Chickera, the co-director of the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion, said the baby's citizenship "was also under a cloud", saying this was "an additional concern".

A guest appearing on Good Morning Britain suggested on Wednesday (February 20) that ISIS bride Shamima Begum's family were let down by British police.

"Those born as British citizens who are not dual nationals can not be stripped of their citizenship in any circumstances", David Anderson QC told the UK's Press Association.

"I knew about those things and I was OK with it at first", she said.

Begum said she had been only a "housewife" during her time with IS militants.

A human rights lawyer has slammed a decision taken by the Home Office to strip Shamima Begum of her British citizenship, claiming it is the UK's responsibility to keep her baby safe.

Begum was the subject of an global search when, as a 15-year-old, she and two other teenage girls ran away from their homes in London and made their way through Turkey into Syria.

Speaking with ITV News on Monday, Begum said she does "feel bad" for those affected by Islamic State's action.

'People who went to the Manchester Arena, they went there to take their kids to a concert.

She asked The Times: "What do you think will happen to my child?"

In a statement, the Home Office defended the decision made by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

"If the government is proposing to make Shamima Begum stateless it is not just a breach of worldwide human rights law but is a failure to meet our security obligations to the global community", Diane Abbott, Labour spokeswoman on home issues.

The desire to revoke Shamima Begum's citizenship is understandable, but the Home Secretary has made a serious error of judgement, which reflects this Government's unsafe attitude to the menace of Isil.

During the interview she said she was aware of ISIS beheadings and other brutality before she left to join the group, and was "OK" with it.

Javid said before the order was made public that he wouldn't hesitate to block the return of Begum-or other ISIS supporters-adding that those who do manage to make their way back to Britain should be prepared to be "investigated and potentially prosecuted".

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