Endangered Scholars Worldwide (ESW) is gravely concerned about the decision issued on May 14, 2015 by a Bahraini Court to deport to deport Professor Masaud Mirza Jaffar Jahromi, who had his citizenship revoked on January 31, 2015, along with 70 other people.
The decision to revoke his passport in January 2015 was based on order from the Minister of Interior and allegations of “damage to the interests of the country and loyalty to the king”. The court issued an order for Jahromi's deportation and a fine of 100 dinars.
Professor Masaud Mirza Jaffar Jahromi holds a PhD in Telecommunication Networking from the University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom, and he was the Chairman of the Telecommunication Engineering Department at Ahlia University. In April 2011, he was imprisoned for five months on charges related to the peaceful exercise of his right to free expression and assembly. Professor Jahromi was released on bail on 12 September 2011, pending trial on 2 November 2011 and he remained suspended from the university. In January 2015, Professor Jahromi found himself on the list of Bahraini citizens whose passports were revoked.
Since November 2012, Bahrain has revoked the citizenship of over 100 persons either through direct statements by the Ministry of Interior or through court orders.
Endangered Scholars Worldwide calls on the Government of Bahrain to:
Immediately halt the deportation of Professor Masaud Mirza Jaffar Jahromi, which is in violation of Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
Immediately reinstate the nationality of Professor Masaud Mirza Jaffar Jahromi's citizenship that was revoked in January 2015, and;
Accede to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons and to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.