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UK Court Rules Against Shamima Begum's UK Citizenship Appeal

A UK court rules against Shamima Begum, a woman who left the country to join the ISIS group in Syria at the age of 15. She lost her appeal against the decision to remove her British citizenship.

Suleman Shah
Feb 23, 2023173 Shares2436 Views
A UK court rules against Shamima Begum, a woman who left the country to join the ISIS group in Syria at the age of 15. She lost her appeal against the decision to remove her British citizenship.
After a five-day hearing in November, during which her attorneys claimed that the UK Home Office had a responsibility to examine whether she was a victim of trafficking before taking her citizenship, Judge Robert Jay issued his ruling on Wednesday.
Rather than deciding whether or not Begum may return to Britain, the judgment will examine whether or not her citizenship was taken illegally.

Background

Shamima Begum was just 15 years old when she left the UK to join the ISIS group in Syria. She spent the next four years in the country, marrying an ISIS fighter and having three children, all of whom have died. In 2019, she was found in a refugee camp in Syria and sought to return to the UK.
Begum met and wed an ISIS member in Syria, and the couple lived for several years in Raqqa. In 2019, Begum reemerged in al-Hawl, a refugee camp in Syria home to 39,000 people.
Begum expressed her desire to return home to give birth to her kid in an interview with The Times published in the United Kingdom just before she gave birth, which she gave from the refugee camp. She said she had lost two infants to sickness and malnourishment before having this kid.
Her son Jarrah was born in al-Hawl in February. After being taken from the camp to the main hospital in al-Hasakah City, the baby's condition rapidly worsened and he eventually died away.
The UK Foreign Office has warned its citizens against visiting Syria since 2011, citing the high risk of child deaths there.

Court Ruling

The UK government had stripped Begum of her citizenship, arguing that she posed a threat to national security. Begum challenged this decision in court, arguing that she should be allowed to return to the UK to appeal the decision and face justice for her actions.
The outcome is that there is now no protection for a British child trafficked out of the UK if the home secretary invokes national security.- Gareth Pierce and Daniel Furner, of Birnberg Pierce Solicitors
On February 22, 2023, the UK Supreme Court ruled that Begum should not be allowed to return to the country, citing the risk that she poses to national security. The court found that Begum has not shown remorse for her actions and that she continues to hold extremist views.
With an appearance in the BBC documentary The Shamima Begum Story and a 10-part BBC audio series, Shamima Begum has made many public pleas against the UK government's decision to remove her citizenship.
The government first denied her entry in June 2019 so she couldn't continue her case, but the UK Court of Appeal said she should be let in the following year.
Once the Court of Appeal determined that Begum should be permitted to return to the UK to carry out her appeal, the Supreme Court overturned that judgment, claiming that the Court of Appeal committed four mistakes.

Shamima Begum loses appeal against removal of British citizenship

Reaction

The decision has been met with mixed reactions. Some have praised the court's decision, arguing that Begum's actions were unforgivable and that she poses a threat to the country.
Othershave criticized the decision, arguing that Begum was just a child when she left the UK and that she should be given the chance to face justice in the country.

Final Words

The ruling against Begum's return to the UK highlights the difficult questions surrounding the return of individuals who have left the country to join extremist groups.
While some argue that these individuals should be allowed to return to face justice, others argue that they pose too great a threat to the country and should not be allowed back.
Ultimately, the decision in each case must balance the need for justice with the need to protect national security.
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