Rights Groups Letter to F1 CEO Ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix: 20 Years of Sportswashing

In a joint letter, 31 human rights organizations called on Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali to investigate Bahrain’s human rights record and ensure that the global event does not turn into a means of whitewashing sports. The text of the message stated:   Dear Stefano Domenicali, We, the undersigned organisations, are writing to renew our[…]

New F1 boss urged to launch independent inquiry into Bahrain Grand Prix as human rights concerns continue

25 March 2021 – New Formula One (F1) CEO Stefano Domenicali should “establish a commission of independent experts to investigate the human rights impact of F1’s activities in Bahrain” and take steps to compensate victims, in light of ongoing abuses linked to the Bahrain Grand Prix and growing international concern about ‘sportswashing’, 24 international NGOs[…]

16 Rights Groups Raise Bahrain Human Rights Concerns with Formula One 

25 November 2020 – Today, 16 rights groups and trade unions including the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), Human Rights Watch, the International Trade Union Federation and members of the Sport and Rights Alliance sent a joint letter to Formula One (F1) CEO Chase Carey, ahead of the upcoming Bahrain Grand Prix. The letter[…]

Formula 1 Announce Postponement of Bahrain Grand Prix Due to Coronavirus Risk

13 February 2020 – Today, Formula 1 (F1) announced that the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, which was due to take place next Sunday, will be postponed amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus. The announcement follows the cancellation of the Australia Grand Prix early this morning, while the Vietnam Grand Prix, due to begin in[…]

ADHRB Disappointed by Formula One’s Weak Response to NGO Concerns for Imprisoned Bahraini Activist

12 March 2019 – On 4 March 2019, Formula One (F1) responded to a letter sent by Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) and sixteen other NGOs on 6 February 2019 raising serious concerns surrounding allegations of the arbitrary detention and torture of Bahraini activist Najah Yusuf following her social media activity[…]