Shamima Begum’s family in London have taken civil action against the UK Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, over the recent stripping of her British Citizenship!
The 19-year-old from Bethnal Green, London, Took the bold move to travel to war-torn Syria with two other teenage girls. Whilst there she married an Isil fighter that moved from the Netherlands, after being radicalized.
Javid took the decision to completely strip Begum of her then current UK citizenship, just days before the birth of her 3rd child. Denying her any access back to the UK.
The young child died just 3 weeks later, making this the 3rd child she had lost in 4 years!
According to the Guardian, an appeal has been lodged against the decision to revoke Shamima’s citizenship, with the Special Immigration Appeals Commission by her mother.
A second challenge will be lodged with the High Courts on Thursday to further add to the weight of the appeal.
The Begum family solicitor, Tasnime Akunjee, had spoken to the parents and said they say, the government decision breaks several articles of the European Convention on Human Rights.
“We are arguing the decision is wrong because it renders Shamima Begum stateless, it puts her life at risk, exposes her to inhumane and degrading treatment, and breaches her right to family life,”
“The decision was disproportionate. The government has accepted that 400 people have picked up a gun and actively fought for Isis and then been allowed back to Britain. So how can it be proportionate for a 19-year-old girl who had a child not be allowed to return, when the others have been allowed to return?”
Solicitor Akunjee was refused access to the camp where she resides by Syrian forces, to get written permission to lodge a formal appeal for her British citizenship.
Tasnime had travelled a long distance to get to the al-Roj camp in north-eastern Syria. He was only a mere 50 meters away from Begum when stopped by officials.
Ultimatly this has left the responsibility up to the family to sort, leaving Shamima’s mother no choice but to apply for the appeal herself!