Bangladesh: We don't want Shamima Begum and she isn't our citizen
By Barfi Culture Team
20th February 2019

Yesterday the Home Office was claiming it had the right to take away Shamima Begum's British citizenship because she also had Bangladeshi citizenship.

Then it changed its claim to "she was eligible" for Bangladeshi citizenship due to her parents' heritage.

Now even that strategy has fallen apart.

Today the Bangladeshi government said in a statement it wanted nothing to do with Ms Begum, who left Britain at the age of 15 to join ISIS.

"The government of Bangladesh is deeply concerned that [Begum] has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship," said Shahrial Alam, state minister of foreign affairs, said in a statement to the Guardian.

"Bangladesh asserts that Ms Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. She is a British citizen by birth and never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh."

"There is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh."

The statement blows a big hole in Sajid Javid's claims, and makes it harder for him to show he is legally allowed to take away Shamima Begum's citizenship.

Under international law, citizenship is a human right and cannot be stripped away if it makes a person stateless.

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