Shamima Begum allowed to return home to the UK to fight her case - judge rules

16th July 2020   •   article
by Barfi Culture Team
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Credit: The Times
Shamima Begum, the British schoolgirl who escaped to join ISIS in 2015, will be allowed to return to appeal the decision to remove her citizenship.

The Court of Appeal ruled that Ms Begum, who is currently in a camp in northern Syria, could not effectively challenge the decision while she was barred from returning to the UK.

The ruling does not mean she has won the right to stay in the UK or get her citizenship back.

Under international law, it is only legal to revoke someone's citizenship if they are entitled to citizenship of another country.

The former Home Secretary Sajid Javid claimed it was lawful for him to remove her British citizenship because she could potentially get Bangladeshi citizenship. But the Bangladeshi government ruled that out.

Ms Begum, now 20, was one of three schoolgirls who left London to join the Islamic State group in Syria in 2015.
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