Stripping criminals of their UK passports – even terrorists and sex abusers – is dangerous | Nesrine Malik | Opinion | The Guardian

Posted: March 1, 2016 in Democracy, Human Rights, Racism, Terrorism

The sophistry around the technicalities of citizenship stripping betrays the reality, which is that it creates a two-tier citizenship, one unearned and unstrippable no matter what, another contingent on good behaviour, the definition of which grows narrower and more subject to the whims of the state by the day. They are also unfixed technicalities – the scope has already been expanded from serious crime to terrorism and now to the Rotherham sexual abuse case, One legal adviser told the Independent: “There are no limits. It is not just potential terrorists who face losing their UK citizenship. Those involved in serious or organised crime, and who hold dual nationality, can expect similar justice.” This is chilling, and the fact that the targets are criminals should not make it any less so. The argument with regard to terrorism has a more legitimate basis, as taking up arms against one’s own country implies a loyalty to another; but where does this leave trickier cases – like white converts to Islamic extremism?

Source: Stripping criminals of their UK passports – even terrorists and sex abusers – is dangerous | Nesrine Malik | Opinion | The Guardian

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