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.