Bahrain: Nationality

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th August 2019.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have been made of the Bahraini individuals whose citizenships were reinstated in April; and what assessment they have made of whether those individuals have regained their full rights as citizens following reports that (1) applications for passports are being rejected, and (2) they are not benefitting from state benefits and services.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

The UK has raised our concerns on the revocation of Bahraini citizenship at a senior level with the Government of Bahrain. We welcome the reinstatement of Bahrain citizenship to 643 people so far this year and will continue to monitor this issue. We encourage individuals experiencing issues with reinstatement of benefits and services to report them to the Bahrain National Institute for Human Rights (NIHR). We continue to urge the NIHR to carry out swift and thorough investigations into any such concerns or allegations.

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