The Supreme Court in London has ruled: An IS supporter is not allowed to return to her native Great Britain. Human rights organizations criticize this.
The Supreme Court in London has rejected a British ISIS supporter request to return home. The five judges of the Supreme Court unanimously decided on Friday that Shamima Begum should not come to Great Britain to take legal action against the withdrawal of her citizenship. They justified the judgment with safety concerns. A return of the 21-year-olds is only possible if it is guaranteed that public safety will not be endangered.
Shamima Begum: The British woman joined IS at the age of 15. (Source: — / Press Association / dpa)
Begum made headlines in 2015 when, at the age of 15, she and two school friends traveled to Syria against the wishes of her family to join the Islamic State (IS) jihadist militia. Two years ago, the British government stripped the 21-year-old of her citizenship for security reasons. Begum’s baby, who was born shortly afterwards in a refugee camp in Syria, died after a few weeks.
Human rights activists see “dangerous precedent”
The case divides the British public. Begum had asked to be allowed to return to Great Britain, but in interviews showed no remorse for attacks by IS.
The British government endorsed Friday’s ruling. The decision to withdraw passports from UK citizens will not be taken lightly, said a spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The security of the British comes first.
Human rights groups criticized the court’s decision and spoke of a “dangerous precedent”. They are demanding that Begum be allowed to return to the UK so that she can get a fair trial there.