ISIS brides could return to UK from Syria as they join Shamima Begum in legal action

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Four former ISIS brides are now set to challenge the Government’s decision and therefore could potentially be allowed to return home from detention camps in Syria. The brides will argue they should return home to the UK under the premise they were effectively trafficked to Syria by their eventual husbands. Shamima Begum will also be challenging the Government’s decision to remove her nationality in 2019.

According to The Sunday Times, the mothers have been given anonymity after they claimed identification would breach their human rights.

The women also argued their own families could be at risk if their identity was revealed.

Begum, 21, is currently being held in a refugee camp in north-east Syria after former Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, removed her British citizenship in 2019.

The Home Office made the move on security grounds while also arguing the former ISIS bride was eligible for Bangladeshi citizenship.

Under international law, it is illegal to render someone stateless and citizenship can only be revoked if the person is entitled to citizenship from another country.

Bangladesh has also refused to accept her despite her mother being of Bangladeshi descent.

Begum, who travelled to join the terrorist group in 2015, claimed she had made a mistake in leaving London to join ISIS.

She also claimed to want forgiveness in order to return home.

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Following the ruling from the Court of Appeal in July, judges insisted justice must outweigh national security concerns.

Lord Justice Flaux said: “Fairness and justice must, on the facts of this case, outweigh the national security concerns, so that the leave to enter appeals should be allowed.”

In a limited statement on the ruling, Mr Javid said: “Any restrictions of rights and freedoms faced by Ms Begum are a direct consequence of the actions she has taken, in violation of both government guidance and common morality.

“It is not clear to me why an appeal could not be made abroad using modern technology.

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“However, this is not solely a matter of justice.

“It is also a matter of national security.”

The judge also claimed the national security concerns could be managed upon her return to the UK.

Begum, who fled with two school friends from Bethnal Green, east London, has since lost three children during her time in Syria.

After travelling to Syria, she married ISIS fighter and extremist Yago Riedjik three weeks after arriving in the country.


In later interviews, she claimed she had only acted as a housewife to the ISIS fighter and nothing else.

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