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IS bride Shamima won't be allowed in Bangladesh, says govt

  • Published at 05:52 pm June 16th, 2020
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File Photo: Renu Begum, sister of teenage British-Bangladeshi girl Shamima Begum, holds a photo of her sister as she makes an appeal for her to return home at Scotland Yard, in London, Britain February 22, 2015 Reuters

She was never a Bangladeshi citizen, Foreign Ministry  reiterates

British citizen Shamima Begum, who left the United Kingdom at the age of 15 to join the Islamic State (IS), will not be allowed to enter Bangladesh, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday.

At the same time, it reiterated that she was never a citizen of Bangladesh.

In February 2019, the then British home secretary Sajid Javid revoked her citizenship for her action. 

He used a clause in the related law that empowers the home secretary to cancel the citizenship of a British national if he or she does not become stateless.

In this case, he argued that Shamima would not be stateless as her parents were born in Bangladesh.

Due to the cancellation of the citizenship, Shamima was unable to return to  the UK.

Subsequently, the appeals of Shamima with the British High Court and Special Immigration Appeals Commission against the UK government's decision were dismissed.

Dismissing the appeals, the courts described Shamima as a Bangladeshi origin.

"The clear position of the government of Bangladesh is British citizen Shamima was never a Bangladeshi citizen. She doesn't have any rights in this regard and there is no scope to allow her to enter Bangladesh," said the Foreign Ministry.

In February 2015, Shamima, aged 15, left her home with two other teenagers, Kadiza Sultana, then 16, and Amira Abase, then 15, and travelled to Syria to join IS. 

She was found, nine months pregnant, in a Syrian refugee camp in February 2019.

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen has repeatedly said that Shamima has nothing to do with Bangladesh.

Neither is she a Bangladeshi citizen nor a dual citizen of the two countries; her father was once a Bangladeshi and then took the British citizenship, he said.

But they never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh, he said.

Referring to the relevant provision of the Bangladesh citizenship law, the foreign minister said if the parents are Bangladeshi, they can apply for citizenship of their children within seven years of the birth.

In Shamima's case, it was not done, he said.

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