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Bahrain crackdown: Tactics & weapons imported from UK - No Bahrain F1!

Bahrain crackdown: Tactics & weapons imported from UK   -  No Bahrain F1! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Heavily armed police are patrolling the streets of Bahrain's capital Manama after cracking down on protesters who called for democratic reforms. ....

 

John Yates, Former London Metropolitan Asst Commissioner, is the man giving the orders. He was hired by Bahrain’s monarchy as part of the regime’s PR campaign to clean up its image after the brutal crackdown a year ago.
Yates resigned from Scotland Yard in shame over British police complicity in phone-hacking and started work with the Bahrain ruling family in December. He believes the pro-democracy demo’s were not “… organized protests, it’s just vandalism, rioting on the streets”

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Top 5 Facts About Bahrain

Bahrain is one of the more lenient gulf countries that even allows drinking alcohol is public. Catch our round up of the Top 5 awesome and not so awesome facts...

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British Lords want Bahrain GP called off | NO F1 in Bahrain!

British Lords want Bahrain GP called off |  NO F1 in Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"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."

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Bahrain Grand Prix must be cancelled says group of prominent British peers - Telegraph

Bahrain Grand Prix must be cancelled says group of prominent British peers - Telegraph | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

“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 One to return to Bahrain.
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"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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Katelyn Green's curator insight, October 26, 2015 10:42 PM

I think that We should always take the safe route. If there is problems within the activity or comunty event then they defentally should cancel until future notice. We have to think about what would be safest for the people in our community. Weather the people are upset or not. They would thank us if something terrible were to happen. For expample thE Boston marathon bombing. We didn't know what was going to happen or how we could prevent it. if we have an opportunity to stop futre exile then wen deffentally should take advantage of that. The fact that we have insite and ideas about what the troubles were going to be at the race should drive us to make a safiatigated decision. I agree with the fact hat we should Take action and make sure the problem didn't get worse if there wee issues before. This article refers to government because these kinds of things cab lead to dostruction in more than just one government and community. It can hurt a lot of people and stopping it before it escalates would defentally be the best thing to accomplish 

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Did Guardian cave to pressure from Bahrain? Story critical of the regime removed from site

Did Guardian cave to pressure from Bahrain? Story critical of the regime removed from site | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Thanks to the internet, nothing really ever disappears.

As such, here’s a screen capture of a Guardian report on Jan. 30 titled “Bahrain has failed to adopt reform: So why is the Grand Prix going ahead?“, which is no longer on their site.

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Testimony: Bahrain Formula 1 tortured employee: “In the chamber of Death, I fainted” | Bahrain Center for Human Rights

Testimony: Bahrain Formula 1 tortured employee: “In the chamber of Death, I fainted” | Bahrain Center for Human Rights | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The following testimony is for an employee in Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) - the host of Formula1 in Bahrain-, who was tortured behind the offices of (BIC) on 7 April 2011, before getting arrested and tortured even more at the detention centres, along with another 25 other employees. The occurrence of torture has been confirmed by multiple reports including Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry, which was appointed by the king. However, many of those involved in torturing, including the ones mentioned in this testimony are still free without accountability. Even after exposing this testimony over Twitter, the victim of torture has received threats for doing so. BCHR keeps identity of the employee private.

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Click here to tell F1 teams: don't race in Bahrain!

Click here to tell F1 teams: don't race in Bahrain! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The brutal crackdown in Bahrain continues, but the government is whitewashing its image to get F1 to race there.
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Poll on the race in Bahrain: Do you think F1 should race in Bahrain? bit.ly/BHF1Poll

Let us know what you about the future of the race in Bahrain and we'll publish the results on our site and in the first digital edition of the magazine.

 

Do you think F1 should race in Bahrain?

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F1 drivers and teams to need to boycott the Bahrain F1 event!

F1 drivers and teams to need to boycott the Bahrain F1 event! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nabeel Rajab, of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, said: "We will campaign for drivers and teams to boycott.

"The government wants Formula One to tell the outside world that everything is back to normal.

"Formula One, if it comes, will help them. 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 F1's rulers 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".

He added: "I doubt Formula One can be a success in a country where serious human rights abuses have been committed.

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Formula One Urged to Quit Bahrain because of egregious HR abuses

Formula One Urged to Quit Bahrain because of egregious HR abuses | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Last week, a Bahraini woman reportedly died from inhaling tear gas during a demonstration near the capital of Manama. And over the weekend, Reporters Without Borders issued a report condemning Bahrain security forces for intimidating and attacking journalists.

Mariwan Hama-Saeed, of New York-based Human Rights Watch, also said Formula One had no place in a country where the police were guilty of using excessive force and torture.

“I doubt that Formula One can be a success in a country where serious human rights abuses have been committed. The political situation is unstable and polarized in Bahrain,” Hama-Saeed was quoted as saying in Arabian Business

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Bahrain’s Protesting Footballers | Sports and Culture Blog

Bahrain’s Protesting Footballers | Sports and Culture Blog | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Arab Spring may be the biggest political issue facing Bahrain. But it has had implications for football [soccer], too.

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Mohamed Mirza a Bahraini Jiujitsu champion in Bahrain is jailed on Bogus charges!

Mohamed Mirza is a Bahraini Jiujitsu  champion in  Bahrain.  He has represented Bahrain in Jiujitsu competitions  in Brazil, Mexico and Dubai at his own expense and he won a  gold medal in 2008.  He had opened the first Jiujitsu gym in Bahrain and he was training police officers and the criminal investigation employees.  He got arrested while he was buying some stuff for his family and they accused him of kidnaping a policeman and sentenced him with 15 years in prison!

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Public Prosecution: Case Against Sportsmen to be shelved

Public Prosecution: Case Against Sportsmen to be shelved | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Well, it's about time!

 

Now, how about releasing ALL prisoners of Conscience and dropping all bogus charges against them?  

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Ecclestone prepares to 'Swim in Blood' at the Bahrain F1!

Ecclestone prepares to 'Swim in Blood' at the Bahrain F1! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
All eyes will be on Bahrain today as the tiny island kingdom marks the one-year anniversary of its 'Day of Rage', the anti-government protest which led to so much bloodshed in 2011.

 

[Can the regime secure the race, secure Lulu roundabout from peaceful protesters, and provide for basic police services simultaneously?  I think not, the Al-Khalifas can't even secure the borders from foreign invading armies,  all their mercenaries are engaged in Shia persecution to feebly attempt to keep the regime on the throne!  Imagine an F1 race with NO SECURITY!  All the casualties of this misbegotten decision are on Ecclestone's hands....he will be swimming in blood!]

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Ecclestone under pressure to stop Bahrain Grand Prix

Ecclestone under pressure to stop Bahrain Grand Prix | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

“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 One to return to Bahrain,” the open letter said.

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F1 news: FIA urged to drop the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix amid continued unrest

F1 news: FIA urged to drop the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix amid continued unrest | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The FIA has been urged by a group of British politicians to reconsider its decision to let the Bahrain Grand Prix go ahead, in the wake of fresh troubles in the Gulf state.
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Bahrain children.....the future must be protected!

Bahrain children.....the future must be protected! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

We were happy when one child made a drawing of football players, but when we asked her about her drawing the girl said "they are my 2 brothers, they're both football players and they're both in jail"

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F1 return to Bahrain looking increasingly unlikely | Forumula1.com | F1 News | Formula 1 Forums | Formula One Discussion

F1 return to Bahrain looking increasingly unlikely | Forumula1.com | F1 News | Formula 1 Forums | Formula One Discussion | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Jan.25 (GMM) Bahrain's formula one return in April is now looking unlikely.

 

[This is good !  This hits the regime where it hurts, in their wallets ]

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Bahrain Grand Prix again in doubt as US State Department moves staff due to political unrest - Telegraph

Bahrain Grand Prix again in doubt as US State Department moves staff due to political unrest - Telegraph | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Just days after Bernie Ecclestone insisted he had no concerns about taking Formula One back to Bahrain, April's grand prix has been thrown into doubt by reports that the US State Department is moving American Embassy employees to safer...
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Why F1 teams must BOYCOTT 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix

BAHRAIN IS A WAR ZONE NOT A RACE TRACK...........We are people of peace and we love F1 since it was first held here at Bahrain int. circuit in 2004 but when it comes to humanity...our rights come first...the right to live, right to talk, right to breathe.The regime is still using excessive force to kill the peaceful movement...not less then 50 were killed, thousands in prison being tortured and thousands were sacked from their jobs just because they called for basic rights.......

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Bloody Bahrain F1 in 2012

ثورة البحرين احداث البحرين Bloody Bahrain F1 2012 F1 in bahrain F1...

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BBC - Andrew Benson: Protests raise fresh concerns over Bahrain GP

BBC - Andrew Benson: Protests raise fresh concerns over Bahrain GP | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Fresh doubts have emerged about the viability of this year's Bahrain Grand Prix after a human rights group in the Gulf kingdom called on the Formula 1 teams to boycott...
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F1 teams urged to boycott Bahrain Grand Prix because of Human Rights violations of the regime.

F1 teams urged to boycott Bahrain Grand Prix because of Human Rights violations of the regime. | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

BOYCOTT BAHRAIN F1 ! Don't attend, don't drive, don't watch, don't buy products, boycott manufacturers who would advertise in such a venue!

 

“We will do campaign for….drivers and teams to boycott. The government wants Formula One to tell the outside world that everything is back to normal,” said Nabeel Rajab, vice president for Bahrain Center for Human Rights.

“Formula One, 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.”

 

[Nabeel Rajab should know about the regime posture with regards human rights!  Beaten brutally and left in te street by regime forces while they went to his home and teargassed it and the occupants.  For what?  A peaceful, nonviolent demonstration for democraic reforms! ]

 

 

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No F1 in brutal Bahrain

No F1 in brutal Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Formula 1 just announced that it will hold a Grand Prix in Bahrain despite the human rights outrages there. The F1 teams haven't responded yet -- let's sign the petition to tell them what we think - our pressure may still get them to speak out....
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Bernie hopeful over Bahrain | Sky Sports

Bernie hopeful over Bahrain | Sky Sports | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is keen to ensure that the Bahrain Grand Prix goes ahead next year.

 

[Bernie Ecclestone's logic/ethics:  Human Rights violations in Bahrain are excusable so long as HR violations worldwide are prevalent enough.  WTF??!!  So, basically:  Boycotting the Bahrain F1 is OK so long as boycotting F1 racing everywhere is performed!  Can do, will do,  DONE!]

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