Shamima Begum’s case should force us to rethink citizenship

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The crisis of statelessness plagues the World; an estimated 10 to 15 million people are not recognised as nationals. The United States Supreme Court once described the stripping of citizenship as “more primitive than torture,” and yet we see an increase in this violent trend which disproportionately impacts poor and racialised minorities. This includes 1.9 million people in Assam, India; the Rohingya community from Myanmar; Kurds across Syria and Iraq; and the Roma population in Europe, to name a few. In the case of Shamima Begum, former Home Secretary Sajid Javid made an order stripping her o…

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