Family Of ISIS Teen To Fight UK Decision To Revoke Her Citizenship

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid has insisted Shamima Begum will not be left "stateless" - something which is prohibited under worldwide law - after her United Kingdom citizenship was stripped over the security concerns, amid speculation that she is a dual British-Bangladeshi national.

The family of a United Kingdom teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group as a minor is begging the British government to help bring her newborn son to Britain.

"These are not representative of British values, and my family entirely reject the comments she has made, but. we as her family can not simply abandon her".

Separated from her Dutch IS fighter husband, and after giving birth to a son in the camp last weekend, she now wants to come home. But she does not accept her wrong, ' Mr Ali said.

In the letter to Sajid Javid, seen by the BBC, they say they "cannot simply abandon her" and that her status is "a matter for our British courts".

The situation with Shamima Begum's citizenship is complex and will likely be argued in the courts.

The teenager has been in the "thrall" of a "murderous and misogynistic cult" for four years now, and "her exploitation at their hands has fundamentally damaged her", the letter continued.

The appeal for help in bringing Shamima Begum's baby son back to the United Kingdom will be one of the hardest parts of the letter politically for the Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

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"Children should not suffer, so if a parent does lose their British citizenship it does not affect the rights of their child", he said.

The Guardian newspaper reported that he plans to travel to the camp to seek Begum's consent to bring her newborn son back to Britain while the case plays out.

We are, as has previously been expressed through our solicitor, disappointed with your decision to begin the process of stripping Shamima of her British citizenship. The teenager's British citizenship is "her only hope at rehabilitation", her sister wrote.

Global law prevents a government from rendering a person stateless, but Britain reportedly believes that Begum also has Bangladeshi citizenship due to her parents, although she was born in Britain.

When asked if she could be rehabilitated following her time with the terror group, she replied: "I am willing to change".

The British Nationality Act 1981 provides the Home Secretary with the power to strip people of citizenship if it is "conducive to the public good".

"I have watched Shamima on our televisions open her mouth and set fire to our nation's emotions", said her sister's letter.

Mr Javid has defended his move and insisted he would not leave an individual stateless - which is illegal under global law - after Bangladesh denied she had citizenship there.

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