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article imageOp-Ed: Where would more citizenship revoking lead to?

By Bill K. Anderson     Aug 20, 2014 in World
London - The British government has shown no hesitation in revoking living rights and citizenship from those residing in their country and in the same breath fighting against the values of their country.
The UK right wing government wished to recall passports and citizenship for any UK citizen who went to fight for the Islamic State (IS) militants in the Middle East. One of the first of many letters of this nature to be sent was to a Mr. Mohamed Sakr, who had been stripped of his citizenship after arriving at the estate owned by his family in London in 2010. He was born and raised in London by British-Egyptian parents. When he was suspected by Western intelligence agencies of being a senior figure in the Shabab, a group linked to Al Qaeda, he was in Somalia. He was later killed, over a year later by an American drone that had shot him from the sky in Lower Shabelle. A government that isn’t afraid to provoke the right to be a citizen within its country is a step in the right direction to show that the world is becoming less tolerant to acts of barbarism. It’s not to say that anywhere in the civilized world is this acceptable, but there is a definite lack of either apathy or ignorance to what truly happens outside of the country borders. For many, these are the unknowns that breed fear.
Many leave to fight against Western values in barbaric and appalling fashions that are unprecedented in the modern world; all while retaining the hope to return and take advantage of modern health care, welfare and housing after their return. The government has moved to withdraw citizenship for any holding dual citizenship, and those with permission to live in the UK without citizenship but fought for the IS militants regardless would have the permissions immediately revoked. This statement was filed after a video surfaced of an American journalist, James Foley who was kneeling next to an IS militant with a man talking who, by the account of linguist Dr. Claire Hardaker after having analyzed the video’s audio, believes the killer is from London.
Until now, citizenship was considered a right, or still is for the time being in what could be claimed as most countries. Citizenship is dictated by where one is born and who could have the audacity to remove it? In the western world, this is changing. Previously in very limited cases a citizenship could be revoked, but going to war against your “patrie’s” beliefs would show evidently for most a desire to self-withdraw, or at least provoke banishment. Fighting for another’s military is already a qualifying factor to remove citizenship, and fighting for IS militants should be and is viewed as such. The other possible reason for having your citizenship revoked is by using another country’s passport.
The misconception seen here is that countries are being listed whether they can or not revoke a citizenship. Being able to do so isn’t of question. Every country can, and should have certain parameters in which they do, without hesitation, revoke citizenship. Of course breaking laws within a country, regardless of how heinous that crime may be, wouldn’t qualify for extradition (and to where would it?), but fighting against the morals and values of the country qualify. For example, already there have been 42 cases in which a British citizenship has been revoked since 2006. 20 of which were in 2013, whereas by the Israeli government, this power has only been used twice since 2000. I think there is a lot of hesitation involved in making a discussion about whether or not governments have the right to enact this power, though when seeing the severity of this action as punishment, it becomes evident that for a world to move forward from such barbarism and crimes such as video recording a row of people being shot in the head from behind repeatedly, or someone being beheaded, it’s obvious that a stripping of citizenship is required.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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