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Webber unsure F1 to return to Bahrain in 2012

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Time will tell whether Formula One actually returns as scheduled to Bahrain early next season, according to Mark Webber. ....

 

"It's obviously a very serious matter that went on, and potentially could be going on," Red Bull driver Webber told the Daily Mail newspaper.

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Bahrain postpones trial of 61 athletes accused of protest links

Bahrain postpones trial of 61 athletes accused of protest links | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MANAMA, Bahrain — A Bahrain court has postponed the trial of 61 athletes and sports officials accused of links to anti-government protests.
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Int'l Labor Org. complaint against Bahrain for discrimination!

Int'l Labor Org. complaint against Bahrain for discrimination! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The International Labour Organization (ILO) Listed on the agenda of the meetings of the session (312) of the Board of the International Labour Organization meeting in Geneva from 3 to Nov18, 2011, a complaint  made by 12 labor organizations against Bahrain.  The  complaint concerned the  non observance by Bahrain of the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention, 1958 (No. 111), made by delegates to the 100th Session (2011) of the International Labour Conference under article 26 of the ILO Constitution.

 

See:    http://is.gd/sfrgG2

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Bahrain releases teenage Iraqi football player

Bahrain has released a teenage Iraqi football player detained for seven months in Bahrain on suspicion of participating in anti-government protests.
Abdulameer Naji told The Associated Press that his son Zulfiqar Naji, now 17, was released Saturday as a goodwill gesture from the Bahraini government to mark a key Muslim holiday.
Naji said his son, who played on the junior team for Bahraini club Al Muharraq, was seized from their home in Bahrain in April and sentenced to one year in jail.
The Bahraini government confirmed that the Iraqi teenager was among more than 300 prisoners freed after being pardoned by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in honor of Eid al-Adha, or the feast of sacrifice.

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Bahrainis demand air show cancellation

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Bahrainis demand cancellation of a foreign-sponsored 2012 air show over Manama's rights abuses.
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BBC Sport - Doubts emerge over 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix

BBC Sport - Doubts emerge over 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Formula 1's return to Bahrain in 2012 is being called into question following continued unrest in the country.
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pitpass - Bahrain government paid £25m fee for cancelled race

pitpass - The government of Bahrain has paid the estimated £25m fee to host its race this year even though it didn't take place.

 

25 million Pounds is pocket change to a Facsist dictator who subjugates his people and financially rapes his country......

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Bahrain soccer stars pay price for protesting

The backlash against the Hubail brothers was part of a sweeping, government crackdown in a bid to snuff out opposition to the regime. Besides the arrest of hundreds of citizens, students were expelled from universities, government employees were fired, and doctors and nurses put on trial for treating injured protesters.

Protesters were denigrated and interrogated on state television and then accused of anti-state conspiracies in trials before a secretive, security court. Even some of the slightest infractions were dealt with harshly, including a 20-year-old woman who was sentenced to a year in prison for reading a poem critical of Bahrain's king.

Inspired by uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, Bahrain's Shiite majority took to the streets Feb. 14 to demand that the country's more than 200-year-old Sunni dynasty loosen its control on top government and security posts. After days of mostly peaceful protests, the regime cracked down on the protesters, resulting in the death of more than 30 people and the detention of thousands.

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A house divided - Bahrain Football

A house divided - Bahrain Football | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

MOST football clubs in Bahrain fall loosely along sectarian lines. Al-Ahli, which won the kingdom’s top league title last year, was the exception.

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Bahrain dropped from European Tour 2012 schedule after civil unrest | News | PGA.com

Bahrain dropped from European Tour 2012 schedule after civil unrest | News | PGA.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The European Tour will not be returning to Bahrain next year.
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Guard The Line: Stand Up for Bahraini Athletes Supporting Democracy! | Human Rights First

Guard The Line: Stand Up for Bahraini Athletes Supporting Democracy! | Human Rights First | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Human Rights First builds respect for human rights and the rule of law to help ensure the dignity to which everyone is entitled and to stem intolerance, tyranny, and violence.
GO TO SITE AND ASK THE US WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM TO USE THEIR STATUS TO CALL ATTENTION TO THE PLIGHT OF THE BAHRAINI TEAMS!
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BAHRAIN: After rounding up activists, doctors, authorities now target soccer stars

BAHRAIN: After rounding up activists, doctors, authorities now target soccer stars | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
More than 150 athletes, coaches and referees have reportedly been suspended since the Bahraini authorities implemented martial law in the country in March in a bid to quash a Shiite-led protest movement against the island nation's dynastic Sunni rulers.
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الشباب والرياضة تدعو السلطات البحرينية للإفراج عن اللاعب العراقي ذو الفقار ناجي

الشباب والرياضة تدعو السلطات البحرينية للإفراج عن اللاعب العراقي ذو الفقار ناجي | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
وكالة انباء المستقبل ومع :: Al Mustakbal News Agency...Soccer player detained!
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A military court has sentenced three well-known athletes because of the pro-democracy protests

A military court has sentenced three well-known athletes because of the pro-democracy protests | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A military court in Bahrain today (December 4, 2011) has sentenced three athletes to one year in prison for taking part in pro-democracy protests.
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Athletes facing charges before a civil court on November 29, 2011

Athletes facing charges before a civil court on November 29, 2011 | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights (BYSHR) is deeply concerned regarding the trial of the Athletes before a civil court.

Public prosecutor accused the 58 athletes on charges of “incitement to hatred against the regime”

The first hearing session on November 29, 2011.

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BAHRAIN'S REVOLUTION

What if a country's biggest athlete, a legend, a hero, a player who brought the nation some of its biggest sporting moments, was at practice one day and was suddenly taken into custody by masked men? What if he was held for months, tortured, his career ended, banned from his team and for playing for his country, all because he expressed his political views? It's not a storyline from a Hollywood script -- that is what allegedly happened in Bahrain. Specifically, it's what Alaa Hubail says happened to him. Hubail is the most famous soccer player in Bahrain and says similar treatment was forced on his brother, Mohammad, also a member of Bahrain's national soccer team; and to Anwar Al-Makki, Bahrain's internationally ranked table-tennis champion. In a story largely ignored by the Western world, these athletes describe in detail the horrific torture they endured at the hands of their government -- a government that is allied with the United States despite allegations of human rights abuses against pro-democracy protestors. E:60 goes to the Middle East for the first time to investigate how athletes were caught up in the clash of democracy, freedom, repression and politics. Jeremy Schaap reports.

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World Snooker 2011 venue moved from Bahrain to India

World Snooker 2011 venue moved from Bahrain to India | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
World Snooker 2011 venue moved from Bahrain to India...
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الحكم على لاعبي كرة يد بحرينيين بالسجن 15 عاما - صوت المنامة - البحرين (Powered by Alhajar portal)

الحكم على لاعبي كرة يد بحرينيين بالسجن 15 عاما - صوت المنامة - البحرين (Powered by Alhajar portal) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
أصدرت محكمة السلامة الوطنية الابتدائية في مملكة البحرين يوم الاثنين الماضي على ثلاثة رياضيين من بين 32 متهما بالسجن 15 سنة وهم لاعبو كرة اليد محمد علي أحمد جواد ومحمد ميرزا سلمان عبدالله وعلي ميرزا سلمان عبدالله.

 

National Safety Court: Jailed 15 years for 3 Handball Players representing the Bahrain National Team!

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إحالة 61 رياضي إلى المحكمة بتهمة التحريض | الوسط اون لاين - صحيفة الوسط البحرينية - مملكة البحرين

إحالة 61 رياضي إلى المحكمة بتهمة التحريض | الوسط اون لاين - صحيفة الوسط البحرينية - مملكة البحرين | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
قال المحامي محسن العلوي اليوم الخميس (15 سبتمبر/ أيلول 2011) إن النيابة العامة أحالت للمحكمة الصغرى الجنائية 61 رياضي بتهمة التحريض على كراهية النظام. وأشار العلوي إلي أن المحكمة حددت جلسة التاسع والعشرين من نوفمبر المقبل موعداً لنظر في القضية.
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Banned Bahrain player joins Australian club

Banned Bahrain defender Sayed Mohamed Adnan has joined Australia's Brisbane Roar in a one-year deal.
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Bahrain GP pushed even further back - Formula One - Al Jazeera English

Bahrain GP pushed even further back - Formula One - Al Jazeera English | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Due to ongoing political problems in the country, the Bahrain GP has been rescheduled to November for next season.
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Iraq athletes demand Bahrain release 16-year-old detainee

Iraq athletes demand Bahrain release 16-year-old detainee | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Dozens of athletes rallied in Baghdad on Wednesday, demanding the release of a 16-year-old Iraqi football player detained in Bahrain earlier this year when the country was swept by anti-government protests.


a coach in Baghdad's al-Hadoud club, says the arrest of Zulfiqar Naji was not justified and was politically motivated. Naji plays for Bahrain's al-Muharraq club, and his supporters say he did not participate in protests against the Bahraini government.
"We demand the release of Naji, whose arrest was unjustifiable," Aboud said. "He is being kept in prison because Bahraini authorities want to show that the protests are a foreign conspiracy."
Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/soccer/story/2011-07-27/iraq-athletes-demand-bahrain-release-16-year-old-detainee#ixzz1TLovG9gI
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Iraq demands explanation for detention of Iraqi soccer player in Bahrain

Iraq demands explanation for detention of Iraqi soccer player in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Bahrain could be suspended if FIFA were to conclude that the government had intervened for political reasons in the Gulf island’s soccer. It could also jeopardize Bahrain’s participation in the next round of Asian Olympic qualifiers which begins in September.

A FIFA investigation could also affect the chances of Bahrain Football Association (BFA) president Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini royal family, to succeed disgraced Qatari national Mohamed Bin Hammam as head of the powerful Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Sheikh Salman is widely viewed as the frontrunner for the job.
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Bahrain's soccer stars tortured in custody

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The testimony given to The Times directly contradicts assurances given to FIFA, football's governing body, by the Bahrain Football Association that no players had been suspended or mistreated.
In fact, friends and relatives said a number of players were subjected to beatings in prison after they were arrested for taking part in a demonstration against the ruling al-Khalifa family in March.
Other sportsmen have told of long interrogations and ritual humiliation in jail. The victims included A'ala Hubail, a striker, his brother Mohammed and goalkeeper Ali Saeed, all members of the Bahraini football squad.
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"But the men who were beating them were not Bahraini. They didn't care who they were," said a friend of the players. "These men are loved by the people, Sunni and Shia. You are British: imagine David Beckham gets arrested and tortured. It's unthinkable."
The government sent in troops to crush the Shia-led protests in March. At least 32 people have been killed and hundreds arrested in the crackdown. The Hubail brothers were arrested on April 5.
With martial law in place from March to last month, the Bahrain Football Association was sidelined. Instead, a government committee headed by the king's son, Sheik Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa, was set up to root out those who had taken part in the protests. More than 150 sportsmen, referees and officials were suspended, all of them Shia.
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The jail sentence prompted FIFA to request details of Hubail's detention, to establish whether the government had breached international rules separating politics and sport.
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