|Date: Apr 22, 2019|
|Source: The Daily Star|
|Bahrain king reinstates nationality to 551 citizens tried in courts|
DUBAI: Bahrain's king, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, reinstated nationality to 551 people stripped of their citizenship by courts in the Gulf Arab state, state news agency BNA said Sunday.
Since a 2011 uprising, Bahrain has revoked the citizenship of hundreds of its nationals. Most of the leading opposition figures and rights activists are imprisoned or have fled abroad.
The Britain-based activist group the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy has said Bahrain has stripped a total of 990 people of their citizenship since 2012.
A Bahraini court Tuesday stripped 138 people of their nationality in connection with terrorism charges, in a move criticised by the United Nations.
The BNA statement did not specify which 551 people had their citizenship restored, or which trials they were involved in.