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Citizenship revoked to stifle dissent

The revocation of citizenship has long been one of the tools in the Gulf monarchs’ box, used to stifle dissent or punish disloyalty. Bahrain used the penalty as far back as 1954, when Sunni leader Abdul Rahman Al-Baker lost his citizenship because of his opposition to British rule. He and two others, Abdulaziz Al-Shamlan and Abdul Ali Al-Alaywat, were deported to St Helena, the island to which Napoleon Bonaparte was also exiled. “It’s not a new thing,” research professor at the University of New Mexico Emile Nakhleh told GSN.

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