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April 2012, in opposing calls for the cancellation of the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Bahrain, you told ITV news: “It’s important that peaceful protests are allowed to go ahead. Bahrain is not Syria, there is a process of reform under way and this government backs that reform and wants to help promote that reform.” The race was held under conditions of martial law. 300 youth and protesters were arrested, some spending months in jail. Salah Abbas Habib was killed during the weekend of the race. He was shot by the security forces, with marks of torture on his body. In September 2012, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee criticised the UK government’s decision to oppose cancellation, finding it “difficult to discern any consistency of logic behind the Government’s policy. In February 2013, Amnesty International gave an assessment of the “process of reform” in its “Freedom has a price” report. They wrote: “… true justice remains elusive for victims of human rights abuses and the right of people to freely express their views continues to be trampled on. Tens of prisoners of conscience, including leading opposition figures, are being denied their freedom and excluded from the national dialogue on reconciliation process, while restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly continue unabated …” On 28th February 2013, a delegation to Bahrain from Human Rights Watch issued a statement that: “Bahrain’s rulers have made no progress on key reform processes, failing to release unjustly imprisoned activists or to hold accountable high-level officials responsible for torture.” In these circumstances, we, the undersigned, call upon the British government to support the cancellation of the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2013. Signed Len McCluskey Paul Kenny Billy Hayes Dave Prentis General Secretary UNITE General Secretary GMB General Secretary CWU General Secretary UNISON