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Protests over the Bahrain Grand Prix 2012

Resource Centre press release - "Bahrain Grand Prix: Only 29% of Formula One companies respond to human rights concerns" [PDF], 18 Apr 2012

New articles:

Bahrain: Family of activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja 'sad' at retrial, BBC, 30 Apr 2012

Hosting of Bahrain GP backfires on Formula One, Michael Casey, Associated Press, 27 Apr 2012

Bahrain race shows flip side of sponsorship, Keith Weir, Reuters, 23 Apr 2012

Open letter to Formula 1 management (FIA) and teams, Dr Saeed Shehabi, Bahrain Freedom Movement, 20 Apr 2012

Bahrain: chequered flag - Formula One's grand prix in Bahrain has backfired before it has even begun
, Editorial, Guardian [UK], 19 Apr 2012

Human rights groups have raised concerns about Formula One and its teams going ahead with the Bahrain Grand Prix, 20-22 April 2012, given the human rights situation in the country.  Nabeel Rajab, Vice President for Bahrain Center for Human Rights has said: "We would prefer it if they [the teams] didn’t take part.  I am sure the drivers and teams respect human rights.”  Human Rights Watch has warned Formula One that by holding next week's Bahrain Grand Prix, it will be endorsing the kingdom's regime despite claims that sport and politics don't mix.  An Amnesty International briefing states, “Human rights violations are continuing unabated...[As] the country prepares to host the Formula 1 Grand Prix...daily anti-government protests continue to be violently suppressed by the riot police that uses tear gas recklessly and with fatal results...Holding the Grand Prix in Bahrain in 2012 risks being interpreted by the government of Bahrain as symbolizing a return to business as usual.”

Protests in April 2012 have included demands for the release of human rights advocate Abdulhadi al-Khawaja.  Amnesty International considers him a prisoner of conscience; Amnesty, four UN Special Rapporteurs and others are calling for his release. 

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited the following companies, teams and organizations to respond to these concerns about the race.  Below are the responses we have received, and an indication of which companies and organizations have not responded.  Below the list are the items we are asking them to respond to.

Companies that have Formula One teams
Caterham: See Caterham F1 response below
Cosworth: Has not responded
Ferrari: Response [DOC]
McLaren: Has not responded
Mercedes / Daimler: Response [DOC]
Renault: Response [DOC]
Red Bull: See Red Bull Racing response below

Formula One teams
Caterham F1: Response [DOC]
Force India-Mercedes: Has not responded
HRT-Cosworth: Has not responded
Lotus-Renault: Has not responded
Marussia-Cosworth: Has not responded
McLaren-Mercedes: Has not responded
Red Bull Racing: Response [DOC]
Sauber-Ferrari: Has not responded
STR-Ferrari: Has not responded
Williams F1: Response [DOC]

Formula One & its owners
Formula One Group of Companies: Has not responded
CVC Capital Partners (part-owner of Delta Topco, a Jersey–based company that owns Formula One Group): Has not responded
JP Morgan (part-owner of Delta Topco, a Jersey–based company that owns Formula One Group): Declined to respond

Governing body
Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile: Has not responded to this request, but did respond earlier about the case of Abdulhadi al-Khawaja

Sponsors & partners
Acer: Has not responded
Allianz: Has not responded
Alpinestars: Has not responded
Casio: Has not responded
CNBC: Has not responded
CNN: Response [DOC]
Dell: Has not responded
Deutsche Post DHL: Response [DOC]
Falcon Private Bank: Has not responded
Fiat: Has not responded
GE: Has not responded
Gillette / Procter & Gamble: Has not responded
Hackett: Has not responded
Head & Shoulders / Procter & Gamble: Has not responded
Hilton HHonors: Has not responded
Hugo Boss / Valentino Fashion Group: Has not responded
Intel: Response [DOC]
Johnnie Walker / Diageo: Response [DOC]
Kingfisher Airlines / UB Group: Has not responded
Microsoft: Response [DOC]
Mitsubishi Electric: Has not responded
NEC: Response [PDF] received after our press release
NetApp: Has not responded
Petronas: Response [DOC]
Philip Morris Intl.: Has not responded
Pirelli: Has not responded
Reebok / adidas Group: Response [PDF]
Santander: Has not responded
Shell: Response [DOC]
Siemens: Has not responded
TAG Heuer / LVMH: Has not responded
Tata Motors: Has not responded
Telmex: Has not responded
Thomson Reuters: Has not responded
Total: Response [DOC]
UB Group: Has not responded
Virgin: Has not responded
Visa: Response [DOC] received after our press release
Vodafone: Response [PDF]
Whyte & Mackay / UB Group: Has not responded

Companies stating they are no longer Formula One partners
Volkswagen: Response [DOC]

Items we are inviting the teams / companies to respond to:

F1 teams urged to boycott Bahrain Grand Prix, ArabianBusiness.com

Petition: F1: Don't race in Bahrain!, Avaaz.org

F1 teams want FIA to postpone Bahrain Grand Prix, Guardian [UK]

Additional articles & reports

Bahrain Grand Prix should not proceed, Kirsty Hughes, Index on Censorship, in Financial Times, 12 Apr 2012

Human Rights Watch warns Formula 1 over Bahrain Grand Prix, Autosport, 12 Apr 2012

New human rights briefing on Bahrain released, Amnesty International, 13 Apr 2012

Bahrain, the Grand Prix and Human Rights, Nadia Bernaz, Programme Leader - Business & Human Rights, Middlesex Univ. Law Dept. [UK], on Rights as Usual blog, 13 Apr 2012

Bahrain Grand Prix Should Be Cancelled Says Labour [UK Labour Party], Huffington Post, 17 Apr 2012

Danish Institute for Human Rights calls for immediate release of human rights defender, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, Danish Institute for Human Rights, 18 Apr 2012

 

Respostas da empresa

Acer

Sem resposta

Allianz

Sem resposta

Alpinestars

Sem resposta

Casio

Sem resposta

Caterham

Sem resposta

Caterham F1 Team (part of Caterham) Ver resposta
Comcast

Sem resposta

CNN (part of Time Warner) Ver resposta
Cosworth

Sem resposta

Cosworth

Sem resposta

CVC Capital Partners

Sem resposta

Dell

Sem resposta

Deutsche Post Ver resposta
Diageo Ver resposta
Falcon Private Bank (part of International Petroleum Investment Company)

Sem resposta

Ferrari Ver resposta
Fiat (part of Fiat Chrysler)

Sem resposta

Force India

Sem resposta

Formula One Group

Sem resposta

General Electric (GE)

Sem resposta

Hackett

Sem resposta

Hilton

Sem resposta

Hugo Boss

Sem resposta

J.P. Morgan (part of JPMorgan Chase)

Sem resposta

Kingfisher Airlines (part of UB Group)

Sem resposta

Marussia F1

Sem resposta

McLaren Mercedes

Sem resposta

Mercedes-Benz (part of Daimler) Ver resposta
Microsoft Ver resposta
Mitsubishi Electric (part of Mitsubishi Group)

Sem resposta

Petronas Ver resposta
Pirelli

Sem resposta

Procter & Gamble

Sem resposta

Red Bull Ver resposta
Red Bull Racing Ver resposta
Reebok (part of adidas) Ver resposta
Renault Ver resposta
Santander

Sem resposta

Sauber-Ferrari

Sem resposta

SBM Offshore

Sem resposta

Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) Ver resposta
Siemens

Sem resposta

TAG Heuer / LVMH

Sem resposta

Tata Motors (part of Tata Group)

Sem resposta

Telmex (Teléfonos de México)

Sem resposta

Thomson Reuters

Sem resposta

Total Ver resposta
UB Group

Sem resposta

UB Group

Sem resposta

Virgin Group

Sem resposta

Visa Inc. Ver resposta
Vodafone Ver resposta
Williams Companies Ver resposta

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