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Last updated: 24th February 2019
Press Release

Bangladesh’s position on the report of revoking Ms Shamima Begum’s citizenship by the British Government in connection with her involvement in ISIS in Syria”

20 February 2019


It has come to our knowledge from different media sources that the Government of the United Kingdom has revoked the citizenship of one Ms. Shamima Begum on account of her radicalization in line with the ISIS outfit in Syria in the recent past.


The Government of Bangladesh is deeply concerned that she has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship shared with Bangladesh alongside her birthplace, the United Kingdom. Bangladesh asserts that Ms. Shamima Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen. She is a British citizen by birth and has never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh. It may also be mentioned that she never visited Bangladesh in the past despite her parental lineage. So, there is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh.


In this regard, Bangladesh reiterates her firm commitment to adhere to the policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms and manifestation.


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