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Human rights groups urge F1 teams and drivers to boycott Bahrain

india Updated: Jan 09, 2012 18:56 IST
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New York City based human rights group Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has been leading the calls of similar organizations demanding that Formula One teams and drivers boycott this year's Bahrain Grand Prix. United Arab Emirates based website arabianbusiness.com carried the statement of the BCHR vice president who accused the ruling monarchy in the country from trying to hide the atrocities committed to suppress the pro-democracy protests in the country.

Last year's event was cancelled on February 21 after a state of emergency was declared in the country. The race was briefly re-instated but ultimately dropped from the FIA calendar in June. Despite uncertainty surrounding the stability of the ruling regime in Bahrain as well as continued reports of atrocities by authorities, the event was on the 2012 calendar when it was released last November.

Bahrain became a part of the F1 world championship in 2004 when it became the first Persian Gulf country to host an F1 race.