A woman who joined the IS terrorist group when she was 15 was not allowed to enter the UK to compete for her revocation of citizenship. The Supreme Court ruled in London on Friday. He also lost his application for revocation of British citizenship. This judgment is considered the basis for similar cases.
Shamima Begum moved to Syria from London as a student in 2015, when I.S. He went to the fortified Raqqa and married a jihadi. In 2019, he was asked to return to the UK from a Syrian refugee camp. She was heavily pregnant at the time.
She believes her baby has a better chance of surviving in the UK. According to their own reports, Begum’s two children have already died. The then Home Minister Sajid Javed decided to revoke his citizenship on security grounds.
This is possible under UK law unless the individual becomes unstable. The government argued that Begum was entitled to citizenship of his parents’ native Bangladesh.
The baby died, according to their lawyer. The case was particularly controversial in the UK public after the baby died. Begum was born in Great Britain and was a British citizen by birth – he had never lived in Bangladesh.
Begum, now 21, has no way of exercising his right to appeal to Syria, according to his lawyers. For example, you can’t access the phone.
“Danger to the public”
The government argued that their return would endanger the public and that it would outweigh their right to challenge their citizenship. In interviews, Begum showed no remorse for deciding to join IS – those words But then relativity.
The Supreme Court agreed with the government’s argument. Judge John Reid, in charge, said Friday that the young woman’s appeal should not be a threat to the public and that a case should be kept pending.
“This is not a perfect solution, especially since it is not clear how long it will take,” Reid said. “But there is no right solution to such an embarrassment.”
The ruling was endorsed by the British government. A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the decision to withdraw passports from UK citizens would not be taken lightly. The defense of the British comes first.
Human rights groups criticized the court’s ruling and spoke of a “dangerous precedent.” They demanded that Begum be allowed to enter a fair trial.
100 men and women from Germany
Begum lives in the Al-Roj prison camp in northeastern Syria. There are thousands of other women and children associated with IS militants.
The United Nations recently described the situation there as “horrendous” and declared that France, Great Britain, China, Russia, the United States and 52 other countries have a duty under international law to repatriate their citizens and charge them with war crimes. , For example. Instead, they will be detained without charge for years in camps similar to the US Guantanamo Bay detention center.
Last December, the German government expelled three German IS supporters from the al-Roj camp. The Federal Republic has not yet released the male IS supporters imprisoned in northern Syria.
There are currently more than 100 German men and women seated, three-quarters of whom hold German passports. There are also dozens of children.