Ammar al-Hakim, leader of the National Iraqi Alliance (NIA), meets with Iraqi Shi'ite leader Muqtada al-Sadr in Najaf, Iraq February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa al-Marjani
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Bahrain has deported eight people to war-torn Iraq after revoking their citizenship and making them stateless, Human Rights Watch said Sunday, accusing the Gulf monarchy of exiling dissidents.Under Bahrain's citizenship law, amended after political protests broke out in 2011, individuals who engage in acts deemed "disloyal" to the state can be stripped of their nationality.The eight deportees were among 31 Bahraini activists and human rights lawyers whose citizenship was revoked in November 2012 on the grounds of damaging national security, HRW said.HRW has called on Bahrain to repeal its citizenship laws.
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