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FIA Bahrain Report FULL

FIA Bahrain Report FULL

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ArrivaltoManamaAirport
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ReceptionattheairporthostedbyPresidentofBahrainMotorFederation,ShaikhAbdullabinIsaAI-KhalifaMeetingtoexamineproposedagendaandscheduleofrecommendedmeetings,withunfetteredflexibilitytomodifyatourdiscretion
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MeetingatthehotelwithShaikhAbdullabinIsaAI-Khalifa,PresidentofASN.10,00am.WewereprovidedwithabriefingontheactualpoliticalsituationinBahrainalongwithanoverviewofBahrain'ssystemofgovernmentandgovernmentalinstitutions.MeetingatBahrainMinistryofCultureandTourism.11.00am.MinisterofCulture.
Mde.H.E.ShaikhaMaiblntMohammedAI-Khalifa,
AssistantUndersecretaryforTourism.
NadaAhmedYaseen,
theappointedUNESCOdelegateinBahrain.------,.-----.--.----.--Afterexplainingthepurposeofourvisit,theMinisterexpressedherappreciationoftheFIA'sdecisiontovisitBahrainandconductafirst-handevaluation.FromaCulturalpointofview,nothinghaschangedinBahrainandtheMinistrycontinuestoprogressitsinternationalculturalprogrammeand,inparticular,iscurrentlymakingarrangementsforJuly'sSummerFestival-"VictoryofJoy"-whichwillattractasignificantnumberofforeignvisitors.Seeattachedprogramme.
 
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DuringthemeetingwewerejoinedbytheappointedUNESCOdelegateinBahrain,whichinvolvedanin-depthexplanationoftheinitiallypeacefuldemonstrationsandtheirchangeintoincreasinglyviolentprotest.Asan
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Internationalrepresentative,hefeltthattheportrayaloftheprotestsintheinternationalmediahadbeeninaccurate,especiallywhereBahrainhadbeen\comparedalongsidethelikesofLibya,EgyptorevenSyria,whichisnotthe}case.~_-Asanexampleoftheactualsituation,UNESCO-whichhasverystrictsecurityprotocolsforitsmembers-orderedhisfamily(wifeanddaughter)torelocateoutsideofthecountrywhenthedisturbancesbegan.HisfamilyhasbeenbackinBahrainforoveramonthandnowandcarryonatotallynormallifewithoutissue.ThemeetingfinishedwithrepeatedthankstotheFIAfromtheMinister.MeetingwithBahrain'sMinistryofInterior.12.30amMinisterofInterior-
Lt.GeneralShaikhRashidbinAbdullahAI-Khalifa
ChiefPublicSecurity-
Major-GeneralTariqbinDaina
Afteraverywarmreceptionandintroduction,theMinisterspokeopenlyaboutthesituationthattookplaceinMarchandalsoabouttheactualeventsthatoccurred.Withobvioussincerity,theMinisterexplainedthatinitiallypeacefulproteststurnedquicklyintoaveryaggressivesituationbythoseinvolved,whichsawbrutalattacksonthepolice,resultinginfourpolicemenbeingkilledand180injuredandwithsignificantdamageonBahrain'sstreets.Membersofthepublicwereinjured.Ahospitalwasalsotargetedbyprotesters,whichimpededtheadmittanceofinjuredpeople,aswellasregularemergencypatientsnotcaughtupintheprotests,resultedinyetfurthercasualties.Thissituationpushedpolicetoactforciblyinordertorestoresecuritybut,inhisview,withhindsight,perhapsoverreactedinresponsetothemountingaggressionoftheprotestors.Afterfivedays,stabilitywasrestoredandthesituationreturnedtoanormal.
 
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Morethan70%ofthosearrestedhavenowbeenreleased.Prosecutions,undertheapplicablelaw,stillgoahead,buthefeelstheremainderwillalsobeprogressivelyreleased.Allegationsofhumanrightsabusesarealsoareunderinvestigations.Onbalance,theMinistertrulybelievesthatmistakeshavebeenmadeonbothsidesandlessonshavebeenlearnt.Chairman.CEO.
ZayedR.AlzayaniShaikhSalmanbinEssaAI-Khalifa.
Oppositionprotestors,hehopes,willnowcontinuetoputforwardsproposalstoaddresstheirconcernsinapeacefulmannerandviathecorrectdemocraticinstitutionsinordertoensurestabilityandaddressissuesinaconstructivemanner.Policeandsecurityforceswillactresponsibly,respectingallcitizensandtheirhumanrights,tohelptheimplementationofthefurtherreformsalreadyannouncedbyBahrain.WefinishedthemeetingwithheartfeltthankstoFIA.Later,theMinistryproducedapressreleaserelatingtoourvisit,freeofanyprejudicialcomment.MeetingwithBahrainInternationalCircuitPrincipals.13.30PM.WehadlunchwiththeboardmembersofBahrainInternationalCircuittoclarifyinformationrelatingtoreportsthat25%ofthecircuit'sworkforcehadbeendismissedforpoliticalorreligiousreasons.Theinformationwascompletelydenied.Thecircuitemploys108personnelinvariousdepartments.Theyhaddismissed15people-noneofthemfromkeyareas-duetounjustifiedlabourabsences.Thepersonnelwereabsentfor15-dayswithoutsupplyinganyreasonandtriedtojustifythisretrospectivelybyclaimingholidayleave,whichisaprocessthatrequiresadvancenoticetothecompanyandpre-approved.Foradditionalconfirmation,weconsultedaspecialist,whoexplainedthatBahrainLabourLawisverystrict,withanyinfringementbycompaniespunishedseverely.
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