F1 urged to speak out on human rights situation in Azerbaijan

• Sport For Rights ask Bernie Ecclestone to take a stand
• ‘This is an opportunity to improve F1’s image and to help people in Azerbaijan’

Formula One has been urged to “improve its image” by speaking out on the human rights situation in Azerbaijan, which will stage its inaugural grand prix on 19 June.

Sport For Rights – an organisation established to draw attention to Azerbaijan’s human rights record – has urged Bernie Ecclestone to take a stand. “We have called on Formula One [chief executive] Bernie Ecclestone to publicly speak out on human rights issues in Azerbaijan and to call for the release of political prisoners,” Sports for Rights campaign co-ordinator, Rebecca Vincent said. “We wrote him an open letter and there has not been a public response yet.

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