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Two more mothers lose UK Citizenship: BBC Report

Two more mothers lose UK Citizenship: BBC Report

The baby died of pneumonia, according to a medical certificate, the BBC reported on Friday.

This undated photo released by the Metropolitan Police of London, shows Shamima Begum, a young British woman who went to Syria to join the Islamic State group and now wants to return to Britain. She gave birth in a Syrian refugee camp in February.

However the British government says she is and so hasn't been made stateless by having her citizenship revoked.

Following news of the boy's death, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott criticised MrJavid's decision.

Javid's decision to strip the teenager of her British citizenship triggered a ferocious debate over whether she should be allowed to return and raised questions about the legality of his decision. Yago Riedijk tells the BBC in an interview aired Sunday, March 3, 2019 from a Kurdish-run detention center that he met Begum within days of her arrival in Syria when she was 15.

"Shamima knew when she made the decision to join Daesh, she was going into a country where there was no embassy, there was no consular assistance, and I'm afraid those decisions, very bad though it is, they do have consequences", he said.

He said: 'We have been looking at how we can get in touch with these children, how we can find a way to get them out.

"The tragic death of Shamima Begum's baby, Jarrah, is a stain on the conscience of this government", she said.

He said that despite her "abhorrent views" the decision to remove Ms Begum's citizenship - and therefore deny her the chance of returning to the United Kingdom - seemed "driven by populism and not by any principle I recognise".

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"We further understand that indeed she and her child had been threatened by others at the Al-Hol camp".

"Any decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are based on all available evidence and not taken lightly", a spokesman added. "I think it's shocking how the home secretary has treated this situation".

But the spokesperson added the UK Foreign Office "has consistently advised against travel to Syria" since 2011.

"Jerrah was innocent in all of this", he said, adding that his death was "perfectly avoidable".

"The Government will continue to do whatever we can to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and travelling to risky conflict zones".

Begum, now staying at a refugee camp in Syria, has voiced a desire to come back to the United Kingdom, but the Home Office has been unwilling to authorise her return. "This is callous and inhumane".

The case highlights the legal and moral dilemma of what to do with so-called cubs of the caliphate-children of British women who joined up with the terrorists and now want to return.

Begum told ITV that it was "kind of heartbreaking to read" a copy of the letter, calling the move "hard to swallow" and "a bit unjust on me and my son".

"Sadly in this case (Shamima Begum's) as we know, it wasn't possible".


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