Ex-IS bride is definitely not allowed to go back to Great Britain
With a groundbreaking ruling, the Supreme Court in London denied the former IS supporter Shamima Begum the return trip to her native Great Britain. This would endanger the security of the country, argued the judges.
EA former supporter of the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) is not allowed to return to Great Britain from Syria to contest the disfranchisement of her citizenship there. That was decided by the Supreme Court in London on Friday. The court also rejected an application to directly restore her British citizenship. The judgment is considered to be groundbreaking for many similar cases.
In 2015, Shamima Begum, when she was 15, traveled with two other schoolgirls from London to Syria, what was then the IS stronghold of Al-Rakka, where she married a jihadist. In 2019, she asked from a Syrian refugee camp to be allowed to return to the UK. She was heavily pregnant then. She hoped her baby would have a better chance of survival in the UK, she argued. According to their own statements, two of Begum’s children had already died.
The then Interior Minister Sajid Javid decided to revoke her citizenship on security grounds. This will not make her stateless, the government argued, because she is entitled to citizenship of Bangladesh, the country where her parents were born.
No chance of right of objection
The case was controversial in the UK. Especially after it became known that the young woman’s third child had also died. Begum herself was born in Great Britain and had British citizenship from birth – she had never lived in Bangladesh.
According to her lawyers, Begum has no way of exercising her right of appeal from Syria. For example, you don’t have access to a phone. The government argued that their return posed a danger to the general public, and that this outweighed their right to challenge their citizenship. The Supreme Court now followed this line of argument.