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Date of Incident: November 06, 2012

Attack Types: Travel Restrictions


Region & Country:Western Asia | Bahrain

New or Ongoing:New Incident

On November 6, former member of the Bahraini Parliament and current Senior Lecturer in the Sociology department at Lund University, Sweden, Abdulhadi Khalaf, was stripped of his citizenship. According to sources, he is one of 31 Bahraini citizens who were deprived of their citizenship on the same day. Dr. Khalaf was not informed of the proceeding (instead learning about it via news media), and had no opportunity to respond to the charges against him.
Dr. Khalaf has been an outspoken critic of the authorities in Bahrain for many years. He currently resides and holds citizenship in Sweden. The deprivation of Dr. Khalaf’s Bahraini citizenship raises concerns about his ability to travel, attend regional conferences, and pursue fieldwork opportunities in Bahrain and the other member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council, thus impeding his scholarly work.