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Girl Who Ran Away to Be part of ISIS As Teenager Can Return to U.Okay. to Combat Citizenship Choice, Court docket Guidelines

Woman Who Ran Away to Join ISIS As Teenager Can Return to U.K. to Fight Citizenship Decision, Court Rules


Shamima Begum, the girl who ran away from her London house as a youngster to hitch ISIS in 2015, has received the precise to return to the U.Okay. from a refugee camp in Syria.

Begum, now 20, will be capable to attraction in particular person towards the U.Okay. authorities’s 2019 choice to revoke her British citizenship, which has been criticized by human rights teams who mentioned she had been denied the precise to a good trial.

Begum was 15 years outdated when she was radicalized by ISIS recruiters on-line and flew to Turkey with two faculty pals, earlier than slipping into Syria the place she was married to a militant.

After ISIS was compelled to surrender most of its territory after a sequence of army defeats by the U.S.-led coalition in Syria, Begum ended up in a refugee camp the place she appealed through the British press to be allowed to return house.

However the U.Okay. authorities refused her requests and finally stripped her citizenship, arguing that the transfer didn’t fall foul of worldwide human rights regulation towards making residents stateless as a result of she was eligible for Bangladeshi citizenship resulting from her mother and father’ heritage, regardless of the actual fact she had by no means set foot within the nation.

Shortly after the U.Okay. revoked her British citizenship, her toddler son died within the refugee camp they have been residing in in northeastern Syria. Begum reportedly had two different kids throughout her time residing beneath ISIS, each of whom additionally died.

In interesting towards the U.Okay. authorities’s choice, Begum’s legal professionals argued that in addition to rendering her stateless, the choice uncovered her to threat of dying or inhuman therapy. In addition they mentioned she couldn’t successfully contest her case from the refugee camp.

“Equity and justice should, on the information of this case, outweigh the nationwide safety issues,” judges on the England and Wales court docket of attraction dominated.

The British authorities and safety sources have mentioned Begum represents a safety threat, and expressed disappointment at Thursday’s choice.

Begum’s lawyer mentioned: “Ms Begum has by no means had a good alternative to offer her aspect of the story. She shouldn’t be afraid of going through British justice, she welcomes it. However the stripping of her citizenship and not using a probability to clear her identify shouldn’t be justice, it’s the reverse.”