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Bahrain’s Grand Prix Sparks Human Rights Protests
19 April 2015
Formula 1’s annual Bahrain Grand Prix opened April 17 to global fanfare, but demonstrators in the small Gulf kingdom off the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia have been protesting the motorsports event for weeks, accusing Formula 1’s management of ignoring longstanding human rights abuses in the country.
This year’s race comes at an awkward time for Bahrain’s ruling al Khalifa family. On April 2, Nabeel Rajab — one of the country’s most prominent human rights activists — was arrested on charges of insulting the kingdom. VICE News was with Rajab shortly before his arrest, when he accused Western governments of turning a blind eye to Bahraini government abuse.
Back in London, activists continue to rally against Britain’s conduct in Bahrain. VICE News met up with members of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy as they protested the arrival of Prince Nassar bin Hamad al Khalifa — nicknamed the “Playboy Prince” — who has been accused of being involved with the torture of political prisoners.
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Pro Human Rights Activists Slam Formula One in Bahrain: here.
From Human Rights First in the USA:
April 04, 2016
Washington, D.C. – In advance of Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Bahrain this week, Human Rights First today called on Kerry to publicly raise concerns over the Bahraini government’s continued human rights abuses, including the targeting and imprisonment of human rights activists and peaceful dissidents. The secretary’s visit precedes President Obama’s participation in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) meeting scheduled to take place in Saudi Arabia later this month.
This week secretary of State John Kerry visits one of Washington’s repressive Gulf allies, Bahrain, three weeks before President Obama meets Gulf monarchs at a summit in Saudi Arabia. Bahrain is a long-term Washington military ally and hosts the U.S. Fifth Fleet but violently suppresses peaceful political dissent. Its leading human rights activists are targeted, forced into exile, or jailed: here.
The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) alongside the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB), the European Centre for Democracy and Human Rights (ECDHR) and the Justice Human Rights Organization(JHRO) call for an immediate and impartial investigation into the death of 17-year-old Ali Abdulghani after he died from injuries sustained during his arrest by Bahraini security forces: here.
Britain: Foreign Office appears to have ‘deprioritised’ human rights, say MPs. Foreign Office sent the wrong signal by failing to place Egypt and Bahrain on list of human rights priority countries, says committee: here.
Human rights work has been downgraded by Foreign Office, say MPs. Select committee criticises foreign secretary Philip Hammond in report raising concerns about changing priorities: here.
The Foreign Office Needs to Raise the Profile of Human Rights, Says Foreign Affairs Committee: here.
Business interests trump human rights, laments Britain’s Foreign Affairs Committee: here.
[British] Government accused of prioritising trade over human rights: here.
Tory ministers accused of putting foreign trade deals before human rights: here.
Stopping the rainbow flag being flown over the Foreign Office and embassies during Gay Pride events undermines efforts to promote human rights, MPs have warned. William Hague allowed the international symbol to be raised atop his Whitehall headquarters as Foreign Secretary in 2014 but the practice ended when Philip Hammond took over the role: here.
The Foreign Office has been accused of not taking human rights issues seriously enough: here.