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Friday, 15 April 2016 09:07

It is forbidden to deprive people of a nationality

The ONU says 250 people have been deprived of their nationality in Bahrain, and recalled that under international law and the Declaration of Human Rights, this measure is prohibited.

The spokesman for the office, at a conference in Geneva expressed concern about the Defender of Human Rights, Zainab Al Khawaya, Bahrain, who with his son a year and a half, were arrested allegedly for different offenses and insults, including the king.

Rupert Colville recalled that the nationality law was amended, giving the government the power to revoke citizenship to anyone who "harm the interests of the kingdom" or assist "to a hostile state" in 2014. Under this pretext, nationality was denied to some 250 people, forcing them to return their passports and identity documents and to request residence permits or to leave the country.

That said, Rupert said that being so people would be in serious trouble when traveling, as would a stateless. And all this violates freedom of speech and assembly in Bahrain.

"Under international law, the loss or deprivation of nationality that does not serve a legitimate purpose or is not provided is arbitrary and, consequently, is prohibited and Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights explicitly says: -. Everyone you have the right to a nationality - and - No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality - "stressed the spokesman.

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