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British government condemned after Islamic State teenager's baby dies


LONDON: A choice by Britain to strip a teenage lady of her citizenship after she joined Islamic State in Syria used to be described as a "stain on the conscience" of the government on Saturday after her three-week outdated child died.

Shamima Begum used to be stripped of her citizenship on safety grounds closing month, leaving her in a detention camp in Syria the place her child died, the third of the 19-year-old's infant kids to die since she travelled to Syria in 2015.

The opposition Labour party said the transfer to depart an innocent kid in a refugee camp, the place infant mortality rates are top, used to be morally reprehensible. A lawmaker within the ruling Conservative party said it smacked of populism over idea.

"The tragic death of Shamima Begum's baby, Jarrah, is a stain on the conscience of this government," Diane Abbott, the opposition house affairs spokeswoman said.

"The Home Secretary (interior minister) failed this British child and he has a lot to answer for."

Found in a refugee camp in February, an unrepentant Begum sparked a debate in Britain and other European capitals as as to if a teenager with a jihadist fighter's kid will have to be left in a battle zone to fend for herself.

More extensively it has shown the quandary that governments face when weighing the moral, criminal and safety ramifications of permitting militants and their families to return.

Begum left London elderly 15 with two other schoolgirls to join Islamic State. She married Yago Riedijk, a Dutch IS fighter who is being held in a Kurdish detention centre in northeastern Syria.

After giving interviews to the media during which she said she didn't be apologetic about travelling to Syria and had not been fazed by the sight of severed heads, she requested so that you could go back to London to deliver up her child.

However Home Secretary Sajid Javid withdrew Begum's citizenship, saying his precedence used to be the safety and security of Britain and the people who lived there.

Polls prompt the transfer used to be well-liked by a majority of Britons but it surely drew complaint from opposition events and human rights lawyers, and disquiet among some lawmakers within Prime Minister Theresa May's party who felt that Britain used to be exporting its personal problems.

Phillip Lee, a former justice minister and member of May's party, said he had been deeply concerned by the decision.

"Clearly Shamima Begum holds abhorrent views," he told BBC Radio. "But she used to be a child. She is a manufactured from our society ... and I feel we had an ethical accountability to her and to her child, Jarrah.

"I used to be troubled by the decision. It seemed driven by a populism, not by any idea that I recognised."


Two senior members of the government said on Saturday that the dying used to be a tragedy but that the house secretary took the decision on grounds of nationwide safety.


"Any child loss of life is an absolute tragedy, and that used to be a British child," the leader of parliament Andrea Leadsom told Reuters. "But however the house secretary's core job is to protect the folks of the United Kingdom.


"I support his decision."




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