The Bahrain Center for Human Rights publishes today a report on people living in Bahrain without a nationality. Article 15 of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights states that “everyone has the right to a nationality” and “no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality”. The government of Bahrain has violated this human right for over 2,000 people including 40 Bahraini individuals who were stripped of their nationality in the last two years.
The Bahraini government uses the practice of revoking nationality as a tool to punish political opponents, not only affecting the victims themselves but their families. This report provides a background to the issue of statelessness in Bahrain, explaining just who the stateless are and detailing the cases of several people affected by this gross violation of human rights.
Read the full report here.