In a statement issued earlier today, NGO Human Rights Watch called attention to the continued human rights abuses in Bahrain and the failure of the government to implement promised reforms. Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, said:
Bahrain is already tightening the lid on protest as the Formula 1 race grows near. The Formula 1 organizers apparently prefer to bury their heads in the sand, risking holding their race against repression it has provoked.
The inconvenient reality for Formula 1 organizers is that their event in Bahrain has become a focal point for popular discontent, with abuses against protesters ratcheting up in a country that has become notorious for them, and is unwilling or unable to implement meaningful reforms. And those who care about Formula 1 officials should care that human suffering and repression is tainting their sport.