The UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has officially stripped Shamima Begum, the 19 year old girl who ran away from home to join ISIS, of her British passport.
It comes as Begum has been located by The Times newspaper in a Syrian refugee camp, having just given birth to a baby boy.
Begum has shown little to no remorse so far and was seen in an interview saying that she wasn’t fazed by severed heads of people murdered by ISIS and that she felt the Manchester bombing of an Ariana Grande concert was justified.
Begum does however want to return to Britain to raise her son, though this has caused a major row in the UK as to whether or not she should be allowed to return.
The Home Secretary wrote to Begum to inform her of her loss of citizenship to which she said she was ‘disappointed’. However the legality of such a move has been questioned by international organizations as well as politicians in the UK itself.
Technically, removing Begum’s citizenship would render her stateless, an act not allowed under international law. There have been discussions about whose responsibility she is now, whether that be the UK’s or Syria’s. Begum is also entitled to Bangladeshi citizenship however Bangladesh have dismissed this as an option.
As a result it appears that the UK government will lose the case on appeal and be forced to take Begum back. This itself has created much discussion over what should be done with her when she does return. Many in the UK want the Treason laws to be updated in order to prosecute returning ISIS fighters and supporters.
At the moment however, it remains to be seen what will happen with Begum’s case as it progresses through the courts.