Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bahrain Violence: Calls For F1 Race To Be Axed

Human rights abuses are still going on in Bahrain leading to calls for this weekend's Grand Prix to be cancelled, Amnesty International has said.

The campaign group has said security forces are still using excessive and unnecessary force against anti-government protesters.

The charity also said it was receiving ongoing reports of the torture and ill-treatment of demonstrators, who have been involved in clashes with police.

Amnesty International said it had evidence of people being kept in prison for participating in anti-government protests without using violence.

"With the world's eyes on Bahrain as it prepares to host the Grand Prix, no one should be under any illusions that the country's human rights crisis is over," said Amnesty's Middle East and north Africa deputy director Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.

"The authorities are trying to portray the country as being on the road to reform, but we continue to receive reports of torture and use of unnecessary and excessive force against protests." Read More