Britain removes citizenship from two more Daesh brides

13 March, 2019, 15:39 | Author: Emmett Rice
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Britain has revoked citizenship from two more women who joined the Islamic State group in Syria, a newspaper reported today, raising questions about the fate of their children.

The Home Office said it did not comment on individual cases.

A spokesman added: "Any decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are based on all available evidence and not ten lightly".

The family has expressed its own shock at her lack of repentance, but proceeded with a legal challenge to the government's move to strip Begum of her British citizenship.

The husbands of the Iqbal sisters were reportedly killed in fighting.

She resurfaced heavily pregnant in a refugee camp in northern Syria last month and spoke of her desire to return to the United Kingdom, as the self-styled caliphate collapsed.

On Friday, Home Secretary Sajid Javid faced fierce criticism for stripping Ms Begum of her British citizenship.

Shamima Begum, who had left London as a 15-year-old in 2015 to join the Islamic State group, had pleaded with British authorities before her baby was born to let her return to Britain to raise the child.

Kirsty McNeill, a director at Save the Children UK, said Britain should "take responsibility for their citizens" in Syria to prevent further unnecessary losses.

"Since her parents were from Bangladesh, the first duty is of Bangladesh to take her as a national".

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Zara was heavily pregnant with her second child when she travelled to Syria and later gave birth to a third.

According to a medical report, the baby - who was merely three weeks old - died of pneumonia.

Two more women with five children between them have been stripped of their citizenship.

Ms Abbott called the baby's death a "stain on the conscience of this Government".

Mr Phillip Lee, a former justice minister and member of Mrs May's party, said he had been deeply concerned by the decision.

However, Javid had previously said that bringing the baby home from the war zone would be "incredibly hard".

Global law prohibits countries from making people stateless by revoking their only citizenship. A tragedy that might have been avoided. She had left the United Kingdom when she was a teenager but pleaded to be allowed back so that her unborn baby could be taken care of.

Asked whether there was any plan for Ms Begum's son, Mr Javid has previously told the Commons Home Affairs Committee it would be "incredibly difficult" for the Government to facilitate the return of a child from Syria.

"The Home Secretary failed this British child and he has a lot to answer for".

A government spokesman for the United Kingdom said any child's death is "tragic and deeply distressing for the family".


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