Mahdi Hashi






Mahdi Hashi was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, on 18 August 1989.


Within two years of his birth, the civil war on Somalia in 1991 began, resulting in his family’s life being under threat due to the general state of the conflict.


In 1995, Mahdi’s family chose to relocate to the UK as asylum seekers in order to escape the difficulties of their own country. Mahdi began school in London almost immediately, having been enrolled in Bell Lane Primary School, in Hendon.


In just over six months, the family relocated to Camden Town, where Mahdi was enrolled initially in Primrose Hill Primary School, but then soon after Rhyl Primary School where he completed his primary education.


In 2000, Mahdi began his secondary school education in Haverstock Secondary School.


On 16 April 2004, the family received news that Mahdi’s British citizenship had been granted. Somali law at the time required that as he had taken a foreign nationality, he was no longer a Somali citizen and his nationality had been rescinded.


That same summer he was able to go on his very first family holiday, first to Dubai, but then on to Somalia for the first time since he had left.


In 2005 he completed his GCSEs at the Haverstock Secondary School and rather than continuing his education in the UK, chose to leave with his family for Egypt in order to study the Arabic language.


Arbitrary detention by Egyptian security


In 2006, the Egyptian National Security police came to the students’ dwelling around 4pm requesting all the foreign students to show their passports. 4 months after this incident, the same security agents returned, however, on this occasion with the Egyptian army who came carrying heavy weapons including shotguns, machine guns and pistols. This raid took place at 4:00am and again they demanded to see the passports of all those who resided in the complex.


On the completion of the raid, the security agents decided to detain Mahdi, claiming that his visa had expired and so would be need to be interrogated. After spending the day in the hands of the security agency and being questioned by them, he was released. On his release, Mahdi went immediately to renew his visa knowing that he had still had another week for its renewal and was very much within the 2 week time period that was required by Egyptian law. He was not required to pay any penalties.


A short while later, he was again requested to return to the police station in order to answer further questions. The Egyptian police claimed the matter was extremely urgent and pushed him to come to them immediately, this was despite it being late at night. Mahdi arrived at the station a little after midnight, and was bundled into the back of a car after two hours of questions.


On the very day that this took place, Mahdi’s family informed the British embassy in Cairo who claimed that they had no official knowledge of his detention or whereabouts. They claimed that it was unlikely that he had been detained as usually if a British national is arrested, they are informed immediately of his location and the reason for arrest. They requested information as to whether or not Mahdi was a dual national and five days later they received official confirmation of his detention. Read more here.


Mahdi Hashi currently languishes in a Djibouti prison, without charge or trial.


The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently refuses to make any representations on behalf of Mahdi as they claim he is no longer a citizen of the UK. This is only after the UK government rescinded his British citizenship after alleging he had been involved in extremism.


Take action


Mahdi HashiMahdi Hashi has potentially been left stateless by the UK Home Secretary Theresa May. We need you to take action on his behalf in order to have his citizenship returned, and subsequently to force the UK government to make representations on his behalf.


The following points should be made to your local MP and the UK Home Secretary:


Mahdi Hashi sought asylum in the UK and was not only granted it, but also British citizenship as well.

When Mahdi received his British citizenship, it is believed that his Somali one was automatically rescinded, as laid out under Somalia’s law at the time.

Mahdi has potentially been left stateless, which is illegal under international law, and should be afforded not only his full British citizenship, but also the rights that are derived from having it.

You can contact Theresa May at the following details:


Email: public.enquiries@


Address: Home Secretary

Rt Hon. Theresa May MP

c/o Direct Communications Unit

Home Office

2 Marsham Street

London SW1P 4DF


You can contact your local MP from the online tool WriteToThem.


For those who may not have the time to write your own letter, you can use the one below as an example in order to lobby Theresa May or the MP for your constituency.


Sample letter


Dear Theresa May,


I write to you concerning the very serious case of Mahdi Hashi, a man who currently is detained incommunicado without charge or trial in Djibouti. Earlier this year, you signed a letter, which removed the British citizenship of Mr Hashi, potentially leaving him stateless.


I am sure that you are aware that it is illegal under international law to leave someone stateless, and so I urge you to reconsider your decision and bring it in line with international human rights standards.


I believe that you may well have been wrongly advised about Mr Hashi’s case. On receiving his British citizenship on 16 April 2004, the Somali law of citizenship which was in force at the time, would have rescinded his legal citizenship status with Somalia. After that time Mr Hashi never attempted to regain his Somali citizenship, being happy with his British nationality.


I hope that you will look into this matter with some urgency, particularly considering his current predicament.


Yours sincerely,




Please keep Mahdi and his family in your duas and circulate this campaign information to all your friends, family and colleagues via all avenues, including social networking sites. You can follow the campaign by Mahdi’s family at www.

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