Shamima Begum

Shamima Begum is being allowed back into the UK to plead her case. Certain parts of the media are delighted that they get to froth at the mouth about it.

See, here’s the thing, I don’t like Shamima Begum. She sounds like a horrible person. But even if you think someone is shitty their human rights still apply, you know? You don’t take away their right to a fair trial.

You also don’t make them stateless. That may have indirectly led to the death of her baby and that’s what gets me most of all. People are saying “serves her right” and “those are the consequences of her actions” as if her child was only an extension of its mother and nothing else. The death couldn’t possibly serve a baby right because a newborn baby has done nothing wrong. A baby has done no actions for there to be consequences of. It really gets to me.

Perhaps the people saying that have flawless family trees, and are otherwise accepting of the idea that a child deserves to suffer for the crimes of its parents. But I imagine most of them would be horrified if you suggested that to them, and never once make the connection.