File photo showing anti-government protest in Sanabis, Bahrain (17 March 2017)
File photo showing anti-government protest in Sanabis, Bahrain (17 March 2017)

Bahrain’s king has reinstated the citizenship of 551 folks convicted by courts throughout a crackdown on dissent.

No cause was given for the choice and people affected weren’t named.

At the least 990 Bahrainis have reportedly misplaced their citizenship via court docket choices or government orders since 2012. Most have been left successfully stateless, and a few have been deported.

They’ve included many human rights defenders, political activists, journalists and spiritual students.

Final week, a court docket sentenced 139 males to between three years and life in jail, and stripped all however certainly one of them of their citizenship, after discovering them responsible of terrorism costs.

Prosecutors alleged that they arrange a militant group linked to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), detonated bombs and broken property.

The UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, expressed alarm on the court docket determination, saying she had “serious concerns that the proceedings failed to comply with international fair trial standards”.

A lot of the accused had been reportedly tried in absentia, and 17 of these convicted had been believed to be minors aged between 15 and 17, she added.

Ms Bachelet additionally warned that the revocation of nationality may have severe penalties for the human rights of the people involved and their households in all elements of their each day lives, together with the denial of the precise to well being, training and freedom of motion.

“Under international law, revocation of nationality is prohibited if it does not serve a legitimate aim or is disproportionate,” she mentioned.

Article 15 of the Common Declaration of Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to a nationality” and “no-one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality”.

The Sunni-ruled Gulf island has been wracked by unrest since safety forces crushed pro-democracy protests led by the Shia majority group in 2011.

The authorities have accused Iran of backing militants who’ve carried out assaults on safety forces. Iran has repeatedly denied the cost.


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