Formula 1 governing body FIA get advice by a group of British politicians to think again its decision to let the Bahrain GP go ahead, in the wake of fresh troubles in the Gulf state.
Even as F1 supreme are insensitive about the ongoing circumstances in Bahrain, the matter returned to the news agenda on Thursday when reports emerged of a British man having his fingers chopped off after being attacked in Karranah, which is near Manama. With matters being far from calm in Bahrain, members of the House of Lords have written on open letter to The Times newspaper to make clear their views on the situation.
“Sir, We note with concern the decision by Formula 1 to go ahead with the race in Bahrain scheduled for April,” they wrote in The Times. The continued political crisis in Bahrain is a troubling source of instability in the Gulf region, and the lack of any move towards political reconciliation concerns those who wish to see Bahrain move in the direction of greater democratic accountability.”
After explaining that they had hoped the outcome of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) would have helped calm the situation, they said that in fact the opposite had happened.
“Two months on we see an entrenchment of the positions of both sides which risks letting more extreme voices dictate the progress of the conflict,” added the letter. “Given the current dire situation, with daily street protests and the deaths of more civilians, we do not believe that the time is right for Formula 1 to return to Bahrain.”
They added: “Bahrain is a major trading hub and financial centre in the Middle East but this brings greater responsibility. Human rights and economic stability go hand in hand and the government of Bahrain must do more to persuade international events and corporations that Bahrain is a stable place to do business.
“Until it takes concerted measures to reform the electoral, penal and judicial processes, international observers as well as ordinary Bahrainis can have little confidence that Bahrain is on the path to reform and political stability. We urge the FIA to reconsider its decision to continue with the race.”
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