Matthew Gibney: Cameron’s government 'has stripped more people of their citizenship than all the other British governments since World War II combined'
- 10 April 2014
- Media coverage
Dr Matthew Gibney is quoted in New York Times article on deprivation of citizenship in the UK
The article, 'Britain Increasingly Invokes Power to Disown Its Citizens', looks at the cases of Mohamed Sakr, raised in the UK by British–Egyptian parents, and Bilal al-Berjawi, a Lebanese–Briton, both of whom were stripped of British citizenship and subsequently killed in drone attacks in Somalia. These are 'among the most significant [cases] relating to the British government’s growing use of its ability to strip citizenship'.
The article examines the current UK government's attempts to expand powers to revoke citizenship – currently restricted to people with dual nationality – to naturalised citizens who have no other nationality and would be rendered stateless. In the article, Dr Gibney says 'Mr. Cameron’s government, in power since 2010, has stripped more people of their citizenship than all the other British governments since World War II combined.'