Bahraini authorities have revoked the citizenships of 31 Shiite activists, among them two former members of parliament, for having "undermined state security," state news agency BNA reported Wednesday.
The names of the 31 activists, including brothers Jawad and Jalal
Fairuz, both ex-MPs who represented the major Shiite Al-Wefaq bloc, were
listed in the report, which quoted an interior ministry statement.
Also named was Ali Mashaima, son of prominent activist Hassan Mashaima
who is head of the radical Shiite opposition movement Haq and who is
serving a life sentence for allegedly plotting against the monarchy.
The government move comes after Bahrain late last month banned all
protests and gatherings to ensure "security is maintained," after
clashes between Shiite-led demonstrators and security forces. Bahrain
has experienced unrest since March last year when the
authorities crushed protests led by the Shiite Muslim majority. According to the International Federation for Human Rights, 80 people
have died in Bahrain since the violence erupted on February 14 last
year. Hundreds of people were arrested when the security forces, aided by
troops from neighbouring Saudi Arabia, crushed the uprising, while many activists, including some whose names appear on
Wednesday's list, were tried in special military courts set up at the
Another former MP and leading Al-Wefaq member, Matar Matar, told AFP
that "many named (on the list) were acquitted by a military court" after
being charged with harming state security. Others named on the list are currently living abroad, according to opposition sources.
The complete list of names was published by the Bahraini ministry of the Interior (here).