Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Bahrain Latest: Employees Reinstated

While Bernie Ecclestone assures the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix will go ahead barring some kind of catastrophe, at the weekend the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights called for the race to be cancelled. With It's own vice-president Nabeel Rajab allegedly beaten by security forces leading to their calls to teams and drivers to boycott the race.

On Monday a spokesman for the Bahrain International Circuit(BIC) insisted that all was well and that action had already been taken following the publication of a report in November which acknowledged that there had been human rights violations in the Gulf state. On Wednesday the Bahrain International Circuit has announced that its employees who were dismissed for participating in last year's protests have been reinstated.

Sheikh Salman bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Chief Executive of the Bahrain International Circuit, said "The reinstatement of our BIC colleagues is part of an important initiative towards national reconciliation and unity for the kingdom as a whole. I therefore welcome back our colleagues into the BIC family as we now look to focus on the future and the important job at hand.

"The Bahrain International Circuit, and in particular the Formula 1 Grand Prix, is of huge significance to our country, acting as a strong unifier, given the support it receives from all sections of Bahrain society. I now look forward to working with all BIC colleagues to ensure that we continue to provide world class track events, which every citizen of Bahrain can be proud to support."

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