Shamima Begum loses enchantment to regain U.Okay. citizenship in immigration court docket


LONDON — Shamima Begum, a British-born girl who left the nation as a youngster to hitch the Islamic State terrorist group, misplaced her enchantment Wednesday in opposition to the choice to take away her citizenship on nationwide safety grounds.

Begum left her East London dwelling in 2015 when she was a 15-year-old highschool pupil. She traveled to Syria with two buddies, passing by means of Turkey earlier than crossing into Syria. After she was discovered dwelling in a refugee camp in northern Syria in 2019, the British authorities revoked her citizenship. Begum, who’s now 23, desires to return to the United Kingdom.

Her case has sparked a debate about whether or not Britain ought to take her again, with some arguing that she poses a risk to nationwide safety and others saying she is a sufferer who was groomed and lured by Islamic State recruiters when she was a toddler. It’s additionally thrown a highlight extra broadly on how nations ought to deal with individuals who joined the Islamic State however now need to return to their dwelling.

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The Special Immigration Appeals Commission, a tribunal that hears challenges on selections to revoke citizenship, held a five-day listening to in November. On Wednesday, it dismissed Begum’s enchantment.

Begum had challenged the choice to revoke her citizenship, arguing that it left her stateless and that she was a sufferer of trafficking.

The British authorities has stated that Begum, who has Bangladeshi mother and father, is a citizen of Bangladesh. For its half, Bangladesh has stated she will not be a citizen and has by no means set foot within the nation.

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Her case has acquired appreciable consideration in Britain, and she or he is the topic of a BBC podcast, “I’m Not a Monster: The Shamima Begum Story” and documentary, “The Shamima Begum Story.”

Begum married her husband, Yago Riedijk, a Dutch Muslim convert who has been convicted of terrorism offenses, 10 days after she arrived in Syria. She was 15, and he was 21 on the time. They had three youngsters, all of whom have died.

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