HRW calls on Bahraini authorities to restore citizenship to hundreds of nationals

HRW calls on Bahraini authorities to restore citizenship to hundreds of nationals

Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the Bahraini authorities to restore citizenship to hundreds of nationals whose citizenship they revoked through executive orders or court decisions since 2012, rendering most of them stateless.

AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the Bahraini authorities to restore citizenship to hundreds of nationals whose citizenship they revoked through executive orders or court decisions since 2012, rendering most of them stateless.

“What Bahraini authorities have done in stripping away hundreds of people’s citizenship clearly violates international norms,” said HRW’s deputy Middle East director, Eric Goldstein. “Bahrain should promptly do the right thing and restore citizenship to those victims.”

Goldstein also stated that “Bahrain seems intent on earning the dubious honor of leading the region in stripping citizenship,” adding “while authorities claim that these acts are linked to national security, they are in fact punishing many people merely for peacefully voicing dissent.”

Rights groups estimate that the number of citizenship revocations in the Gulf kingdom since 2012 currently stands at over 735.

The right to a nationality is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Bahrain is a state party.


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