(UnitedVoice.com) – Shamima Begum left her home when she was just 15 years old when she and two other classmates ran away from home in 2015. The three girls traveled to Syria, where they all became ISIS brides. Begum was stripped of her British citizenship but has been fighting to go back home. She recently lost a major battle.
The Special Immigration Appeals Commission ruled against Begum in an appeal to regain her citizenship. CBS News reported the tribunal ruled there is “credible suspicion” that the former ISIS bride was trafficked to Syria for “sexual exploitation.” It also determined government agencies failed when they allowed her to travel out of the country. However, that wasn’t enough for the 23-year-old to win the argument that the British government is failing to respect her human rights by depriving her of her citizenship.
Ultimately, Judge Robert Jay determined the issue at hand was not within the tribunal’s power to evaluate but instead should be handled by the secretary of state.
Begum’s attorneys have argued she should be treated as a trafficking victim because of her age when she married the ISIS fighter. In the years after the marriage, he impregnated her three times, and all of the babies died.
Shamima Begum was a child bride who was married at 15 years old to a man age 23 who she met for 10 minutes before they wed. As a child, she was impregnated — all three babies died. Sex with a child is pedophilia. She is a victim of violence against women & girls.
— Dr Charlotte Proudman (@DrProudman) February 22, 2023
The Daily Mail reported Gareth Peirce, an attorney for Begum, called the commission’s ruling “extraordinary.” She said it was clear that officials were troubled by the case, but it had to decide its limitations to act. Another one of her lawyers claimed the fight was “nowhere near over” and said they would challenge the ruling.
Residents of the UK are no strangers to the brutality of ISIS. Two years after Begum joined the terrorist organization, it claimed responsibility for a brutal attack outside of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Twenty-two people lost their lives in the attack, including an 8-year-old little girl. More than 1,000 people suffered injuries.
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