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by Mark Zalewski

June 8, 2016

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Human rights groups call for UCI to reject Bahrain Cycling Team

by CyclingTips

The proposed new WorldTour team led by Bahrain’s Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa is running into opposition from human rights groups, contending allegations of torture against anti-government demonstrators by him would violate the UCI’s code of ethics.

The Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) and European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) have sent a joint letter requesting the UCI reject the WorldTour license application.

In the letter the groups cite specific instances of human rights violations around anti-government protests in April of 2011. “In the midst of a violent government crackdown against peaceful anti-government protestors, Prince Nasser formed an investigate committee whose role was to identify and sanction athletes who took part in these demonstration.”

“Athletes have made credible allegations that they were subjected to torture in 2011 around this time. Although there is no suggestion that Nasser was personally involved in the torture of athletes, three Bahrainis have alleged that Prince Nasser personally subjected them to torture between April and May 2011.”

“As President of the Ethics Commission, you are responsible for safeguarding principles of the CoE [Code of Ethics] and the integrity and reputation of Cycling. We believe that the involvement of Prince Nasser in the sport will be in violation of the jurisprudence and principles of the CoE.”

The UCI management committee met last week in Switzerland and adopted a new code of ethics.

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