Amnesty: Revoking Citizenship of 138 Bahrainis "A Mockery of Justice"

2019-04-17 - 4:03 م

Bahrain Mirror: Amnesty International said that a Bahraini court sentenced 139 people to jail on and revoked their citizenships over terrorism related charges, noting that these verdicts were issued after an unfair mass trial.

Amnesty International's Middle East Research Director, Lynn Maalouf said: "With these outrageous sentences, Bahrain's authorities have once again demonstrated their complete disregard for international fair trial standards."

"Today's trial makes a mockery of justice and confirms an alarming pattern of convictions after unfair mass trials in Bahrain," Maalouf added.

"This trial also demonstrates how Bahrain's authorities are increasingly relying on revocation of nationality as a tool for repression - around 900 people have now been stripped of their citizenship since 2012."

She stressed that "Arbitrarily stripping people of their citizenship and rendering citizens stateless are blatant violations of international law. Bahrain's authorities must immediately stop relying on these unlawful measures as punishment."

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