Human rights groups urge driver action over F1 race in Saudi Arabia

Human rights groups have condemned the confirmation that Formula One is to hold a race in Saudi Arabia next year. Minky Worden, the Human Rights Watch director overseeing sport, was unequivocal in condemning the decision. “It is part of a cynical strategy to distract from Saudi Arabia’s ongoing human rights abuses, detention and torture of human rights defenders and women’s rights activists. “Formula One has made human rights commitments, and should explain how the company’s operations will improve human rights in Saudi Arabia. Fans, media and race teams should use this moment to say their sport should not be associated with such serious human rights abuses.”. Saudi Arabia has been making a concerted effort to host major sporting events in recent years.

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