Grooming victim Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to the UK

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23 Feb 2024


Grooming victim Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to the UK

Muslim Women’s Network UK (MWNUK) is disappointed that Shamima Begum has lost her citizenship appeal once again. She was a 15 year old child when she was groomed online, which should have been taken into account by the government. We are concerned that the public and media reaction to her case, shaped by her gender, ethnicity and faith, were a significant contributory factor into the government’s initial decision to strip her of her British citizenship, which has rendered her stateless.

National security has evidently been given priority over other considerations. We are alarmed at the lack of mechanisms available to the courts to scrutinise the government’s assessments and decisions regarding the levels of threat posed by Shamima Begum. Only when the full details of the scale of the national security risk she presents is considered alongside her human rights and the fact she was a child who was groomed, sexually exploited and trafficked, can justice be delivered. Decisions in such complex and unique cases must involve a careful balance between national security, legal considerations and ethical concerns.

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