A New York Times article on Bahrain's Formula One Race, includes a message from PHR that urges more public discussion of Bahrain's current political situation as the race goes forward.
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With the F1 circus underway in Bahrain, business and tourists are pouring back into the tiny Gulf Kingdom. But the gleaming cars and cheering race crowds are in stark contrast to what’s going on behind the scenes. PHR's Richard Sollom is quoted in this Deutsche Welle story on Bahrain.
"Despite promises of reform since our investigation into the Kingdom last year, the Government's excessive use of force has only increased," said [PHR's] deputy director, Richard Sollom.
"In the face of growing international concern about human rights violations in Bahrain as you prepare to welcome people to the Formula One on 22 April, we the undersigned 46 members and partners of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) call on you to free detained activists, bloggers, and human rights defenders and drop all charges that violate the right to peaceful expression."
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Cancellation of the Formula 1 Race in Bahrain remains a possibilty, while PHR continues to push for the release of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, reports POMED.