Bahraini Regime Forcibly Deports Human Rights Lawyer Taimoor Karimi


TEHRAN (FNA)- The Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) condemned forced deportation of Bahraini human rights lawyer Taimoor Karimi to Iraq, and urged the Al Khalifa regime to reinstate the nationality of all those whose citizenship was arbitrarily revoked on 'politically-motivated grounds'.
“Taimoor Karimi, previously arrested in 2011, and being subjected to torture while in detention is a human rights lawyer, who defended political detainees, before his license to practice law was revoked, due to his lack of citizenship in Bahrain,” the center said in a statement published on its website on Tuesday.
BCHR said in the statement that “before the forced deportation of the human rights lawyer, the Bahraini authorities previously issued an administrative decision revoking the citizenship of Karimi and 30 other individuals in November 2012, citing Article 10 of the Citizenship Law which allows withdrawal of citizenship from people who have allegedly caused damage to state security”.
Many of those thus denaturalized were members of civil society, including human rights defenders, journalists, political exiles, and religious and opposition figures.
The center further added in its statement that the court ordered the deportation of ten denaturalized Bahrainis including Karimi later on 28 October 2014. And on 23 May 2016, the court of appeal upheld the decision to deport Karimi. Then on 26 June 2016, the decision was put into action. Karimi was informed that he will be deported by the General Directorate of Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs, and shortly after, he was only given the choice to leave to Iraq.

“The government of Bahrain has escalated its crackdown on free voices and dissent. Revocation of citizenship and forced deportation are the authorities’ new intimidation and reprisal instrument against any opposition. Since 2012, the Bahraini authorities have revoked the nationality of 300 people and forcibly deported six denaturalized individuals following court orders to deport them. At least eight other individuals are at imminent risk of deportation. On 20 June 2016, the Ministry of Interior revoked the citizenship of Shiite spiritual leader Sheikh Isa Qasim, and has reportedly threatened him with deportation,” the statement said.

BCHR, therefore, called on the government of Bahrain to immediately allow Taimoor Karimi and others to return to Bahrain and to reinstate the nationality of all those whose citizenship was arbitrarily revoked on politically-motivated grounds since 2011.
The center note that “the cases of these forced deportation are based on politically-motivated charges, therefore the Bahraini government should accede to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness".