Shamima Begum will not be ‘allowed to enter’ Bangladesh

Shamima Begum will not be ‘allowed to enter’ our country, says Bangladesh

Shamima Begum will not be allowed to enter Bangladesh, says the country's foreign affairs minister. Image: ITV news

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Bangladesh’s foreign affairs minister has said that Islamic State bride Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen and will not be allowed to enter the country.

A statement tweeted by Shahriar Alam said: "The Government of Bangladesh is deeply concerned that she has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship shared with Bangladesh alongside her birthplace, the United Kingdom.

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



"It may also be mentioned that she never visited Bangladesh in the past despite her parental lineage.

"So, there is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh."

The statement added that the Bangladeshi government had only been made aware of the situation by the media.

The country reiterated that it had a “zero tolerance” policy towards terrorism.


'Safety and security' 


#ShamimaBegum who joined IS is not a citizen of #Bangladesh.

— Md. Shahriar Alam (@MdShahriarAlam) February 20, 2019


Begum was thought to have had Bangladeshi citizenship through her mother.

Begum’s family lawyer Tasnime Akunjee has said Begum was born in the UK, has never had a Bangladeshi passport and is not a dual citizen.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped Begum of her British citizenship on Tuesday and declared his priority was the "safety and security" of the country.



Decisions to deprive people of citizenship were "based on all available evidence and not taken lightly," the spokesman added.

Mr Javid suggested to MPs on Wednesday that Begum’s baby could still be British, but that he did not comment on individual cases.

He told the Commons: "Children should not suffer. So, if a parent does lose their British citizenship, it does not affect the rights of their child."