Bahrain child wants Lewis Hamilton’s help for release of father

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Written by Shahid Judge
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Updated: December 14, 2020 7:06:16 pm





Lewis Hamilton secured his seventh F1 title final month. (Reuters)

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has been a champion of a number of social, political and humanitarian causes in current instances. Ever since he secured his seventh title final month, making him the joint-record holder with Michael Schumacher, the 35-year-old Briton has been receiving letters from Bahraini residents in search of his help and affect.

However, one specific letter – from 11-year-old Ahmed Ramadhan asking him to help save his father from a dying sentence – Hamilton claimed, “really (hit) home.”

LETTER OF HOPE

Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD), an advocacy group in London, stated that the letter, accompanied by a drawn image of Hamilton’s race automobile, stated: “Lewis, please save my father. When I was drawing the car, I felt hope that it might save my father’s life.”

“I really hope Lewis Hamilton delivers my message so my dad can come back home,” Agence France-Presse reported.

Ramadhan’s father Mohammed, a safety guard, was allegedly arrested in 2014 for the dying of a policeman, and subsequently sentenced to dying. Human rights teams, nevertheless, have claimed that confessions that led to the conviction have been compelled by way of torture.

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Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final weekend, Hamilton addressed the letter at a press convention.

“I think the saddest thing for me was that there is a young man on death row and it’s not clear… when his son writes me a letter, that really hits home. All lives matter. I think there’s definitely work to be done in the background,” he stated. “I definitely won’t let it go unnoticed. When I get some time now, I will definitely try and speak to those (people) and see how I can positively impact that (race) weekend (in future).”

The Bahrain Grand Prix has been an everyday on the F1 circuit because the first race in 2004. It’s additionally the nation’s largest sporting occasion.

COVID INTERRUPTS MEETING

Hamilton claimed that he had hoped to fulfill Bahrain’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa to handle the problem of social injustice prevalent within the kingdom. He had hoped to attend the assembly whereas within the Middle-Eastern nation that hosted back-to-back Grand Prix on November 29 and December 6.

However, Hamilton examined constructive for the coronavirus on the time, and was compelled to overlook the second race.

HAMILTON’S ACTIVISM

The Mercedes driver has been vocal in his help for the Black Lives Matter motion that gained steam in May after the dying of African-American George Floyd by the hands of the police. In reality, Hamilton has additionally been essential of the F1’s obvious lack of responsiveness with regards to addressing human rights points, particularly in nations the place races happen.

“We realise we’ve got to face and not ignore the human rights issues in the countries that we go to, not just 20 years, 30 years from now, but now,” he had stated after securing his seventh world title after profitable the Turkish Grand Prix in November.

In Abu Dhabi, Hamilton added: “Naturally, the human rights issue in so many of the places that we go to is a consistent and a massive problem. We are probably one of the only ones that (go) to so many different countries and I do think as a sport we need to do more.”

FORMULA ONE’S STANCE

In an announcement, the F1 claimed it had been vigilant relating to social injustice all over the world.

“We have always been clear with all race promoters and Governments with which we deal worldwide that we take violence, abuse of human rights and repression very seriously.”

However, there have been fixed protests by activists forward of the annual Bahrain Grand Prix, in search of the race to be cancelled in mild of the federal government’s alleged human rights violations.

BAHRAIN GOVERNMENT’S TAKE

Ever since Bahraini residents – each present and former political prisoners – began to enchantment to Hamilton to help their trigger, the federal government of the nation has claimed that it respects freedom of expression and the fitting to protest.

“No person is arrested or prosecuted for the peaceful expression of their opinion, and all persons arrested (regardless of the charge) benefit from full due process safeguards, including the right to representation and the right to fair trial before Bahrain’s independent judiciary,” learn an announcement reported by The Guardian.

The assertion additionally addressed the declare in regards to the use of torture in Ramadhan’s case.

“Further, the claims of torture and/or retribution are categorically denied.”

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