Bahrain’s main opposition bloc has termed the country’s decision to revoke the nationality of a prominent religious figure as “unlawful.”
According to the al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Bahrain security apparatus has threatened a prominent religious figure, Ayatollah Hussain Al-Najati, to leave the country in 48 hours.
“Ayatollah Hussain Al-Najati is a prominent national religious figure in Bahrain, and it is unlawful to revoke his nationality. This measure is against the national and international laws. The regime has no right to prevent a citizen’s freedom of life and movement”, the al-Wefaq said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Al-Wefaq further noted that such irresponsible measures by authorities in the tiny Persian Gulf kingdom indicate the intensity of the political and the humanitarian crisis there.
“Targeting national religious figures is meant to target the whole people of Bahrain,” the main opposition bloc added.
Al-Wefaq also urged the international community to take action to stop the regime’s threats against the prominent religious figure.
This comes as pressure on dissidents mounts in the country.
On Monday, a court in Bahrain sentenced eleven anti-regime protesters to five years in prison. The court convicted the men of taking part in an unauthorized demonstration in a village, south of the capital Manama last year. The prosecution also convicted the Bahrainis of assaulting police during the rally.
Since mid-February 2011, thousands of pro-democracy protesters have held numerous demonstrations in the streets of Bahrain, calling for the Al Khalifa royal family to relinquish power.
On March 14, 2011, troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates invaded the country to assist the Bahraini government in its crackdown on peaceful protesters.
Scores of Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds injured and jailed by the regime forces since the uprising broke out.
In February, Amnesty International denounced the “relentless repression” of anti-regime protesters in the Persian Gulf kingdom, blaming Bahraini security forces for their repeated use of “excessive force to quash anti-government protests.”