Bahrain Center for Human Rights group called for F1 drivers to boycott the Bahrain GP among the non-stop troubles in the country. Last season Bahrain GP cancelled as of the troubled situation in the country. But this season Bahrain GP listed to the Calendar as fourth round of the championship on 22 April.
“We will do campaign for drivers and teams to boycott,” Nabeel Rajab, vice president for Bahrain Center for Human Rights, was quoted as saying by the Arabian Business website. The government wants Formula 1 to tell the outside world that everything is back to normal.
“Formula 1, if they come, they are helping the government to say [it is normal]. We would prefer it if they didn’t take part. I am sure the drivers and teams respect human rights.”
Mariwan Hama-Saeed, of New York-based Human Rights Watch, said a sport like Formula 1 should not be having an event in Bahrain.
“[The FIA] should consider the serious abuse of human rights in Bahrain and the fact that to this day authorities continue to suppress pro-democracy protests,” Hama-Saeed told Arabian Business. I doubt that Formula 1 can be a success in a country where serious human rights abuses have been committed. The political situation is unstable and polarised in Bahrain. We are very concerned about the government’s commitment to implement meaningful reform.”
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