Safety of Shamima Begum's baby is 'UK's responsibility'

Shamima Begum

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A human rights lawyer has slammed a decision taken by the Home Office to strip Shamima Begum of her British citizenship, claiming it is the UK's responsibility to keep her baby safe.

Appearing on the breakfast show, Aamer Anwar said the country "claimed to care" about its citizens, but was willing to leave the former Bethnal Green schoolgirl and her child stateless in a Syrian refugee camp.

"We have a responsibility to ensure that that child's life is safe," Mr Anwar told breakfast show host, Daisy McAndrew.



"We claim in this country to care about these women, men and children who have been massacred by an organisation like ISIS, but there is a few days old baby boy who is a British citizen that remains in that camp."

Mr Anwar said the decision to revoke Ms Begum's citizenship set a dangerous precedent, and could result in other ISIS members who wished to return home not making their presence known for fear of being made stateless.

"This actually is a green light to other individuals who may wish to return to this country who have been involved in ISIS to try and slip in under the radar."

The family of the ISIS teen received a letter yesterday informing them of the decision to revoke her citizenship.



The family’s lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said that they were “disappointed” with the decision.

In a statement posted on Twitter, he said: "Family are very disappointed with the Home Office's intention to have an order made depriving Shamima of her citizenship.

"We are considering all legal avenues to challenge this decision."