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In a SPIEGEL interview, Zainab al-Khawaja, the daughter of detained Bahraini protest leader Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, calls for this weekend’s Formula One race in the country to be cancelled. She says the protests in the Gulf state will continue until Bahrainis are given the right to “self-determination.”

Interview conducted by Souad Mekhennet, 20 April 2012

On Sunday, Formula One racing is set to return to Bahrain, but the country and opposition are divided over the event. Wefaq, the leading Shiite opposition group, has said it is not opposed to staging the race. Jasim Husain, a former member of parliament and representative of the group even visited the racetrack on Thursday to give the event a boost.

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21 April 2012

THE acrimony and protests surrounding this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix come after more than a year of unrest in the country.

Thousands of anti-government protesters began their demonstrations against the ruling al-Khalifa royal family in February last year.

The “Day of Rage” on 14 February, 2011, was inspired by popular upheavals in Egypt and Tunisia, as they called for greater political freedoms in the Gulf kingdom.

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21 April 2012

DUBAI (April 20, 2012): Clashes between security forces and protesters left several people wounded across Bahrain’s Shiite villages ahead of its controversial Grand Prix as authorities beefed up security for the first practice sessions Friday.

"Eighteen people were wounded when security forces fired buckshot and tear gas to disperse overnight protests in Shiite villages," said the president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, Mohammed Maskati.

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The action was taken to protest ongoing human rights abuses in the country.

By Jeff Goldman, 20 April 2012

Members of Anonymous recently took down the official Formula One Web site in advance of this weekend’s Grand Prix in Bahrain, and promised additional attacks in the coming days.

"The hacktivists are understood to have hit www.formula1.com with a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, temporarily making it unavailable,” writes Digital Spy’s Andrew Laughlin.

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Torture in the Streets of Bahrain

19 April 2012

Bahrain has arrested about 80 leading democracy activists in an attempt to contain anti-government protests ahead of this weekend’s Formula One Grand Prix, a rights group said on Wednesday.

"About 80 people from several villages near (the capital) Manama have been arrested since April 14," the president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, Mohammed Maskati, told AFP, adding that the "mass wave of arrests is a preventive measure" by the authorities.

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18 April 2012

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Security forces fired stun grenades Wednesday at anti-government protesters who swarmed into a cultural exhibition for Bahrain’s Formula One race, setting off street battles and sending visitors fleeing for cover.

It was a blow to the Gulf nation’s efforts to project stability, returning to the Grand Prix circuit a year after the race was canceled because of unrest.

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Human Rights First, 18 April 2012

Washington, DC – The Bahrain regime is targeting human rights activists in the days leading up to this weekend’s F1 Bahrain Grand Prix, according to local human rights defenders who are in contact with Human Rights First.

“In the run up to the F1, the regime is targeting and arresting activists across the country. Dozens of people have been detained,” said SaidYousif al-Muhafda of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, who was briefly detained himself on Sunday night.

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17 April 2012

The Bahraini government’s response to the findings of an international commission of inquiry has proved inadequate as human rights violations continue, Amnesty International said in a new report on Tuesday.

The 58-page Flawed Reforms: Bahrain fails to achieve justice for protesters reveals that piecemeal reforms have failed to provide justice for victims of human rights violations, despite the government’s insistence that it will learn from the events of February and March 2011.

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17 April 2012

Two protesters have climbed on to the roof of the Bahraini Embassy in central London, days before Bahrain is due to host its most high-profile international event, the Formula One Grand Prix.

There have also been violent clashes between police and protesters on the outskirts of the Bahrain capital Manama this week.

Demonstrators are calling for the sporting event to be cancelled and have sprayed walls with anti-Formula 1 graffiti.

Zoe Conway reports.

17 April 2012

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.

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By Brian Dooley, 20 Oct 2011

Standing up for human rights in Bahrain is difficult and dangerous. Dozens of medics who helped treat injured protestors Bahrain in February and March and who told international media what was happening are back in court in the coming days. Some have already had unfair trials in the military court and their appeal is set for Sunday, October 23. They were sentenced — 20 of them — to terms of between five and 15 years in prison. The trial of dozens of other medics starts the following day.

Although much of the media attention has been focused on the medics, hundreds of others have been abused in detention and given unfair trials. The Bahraini regime has detained around 1500 people since it cracked down on democracy protests in February, and I have met many people who give credible reports of having been mistreated or tortured in detention.

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By ADAM ENTOUS, 13 Oct 2011

WASHINGTON — A group of U.S. senators appealed to the Obama administration Wednesday to postpone a proposed arms sale to Bahrain to protest the monarchy’s crackdown on protesters.

The State Department notified Congress last month of U.S. plans to sell $53 million in arms to Bahrain, including more than 40 armored Humvees and 300 missiles.

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13 Oct 2011

WASHINGTON — Five Democratic senators are asking Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to delay $53 million in arms sales to violence-wracked Bahrain.

In a letter Wednesday, the lawmakers criticized Bahrain’s human rights violations and resistance to calls for reform. They said completing the sale would weaken U.S. credibility amid democratic transitions in the Middle East.

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