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BIC offers to reinstate workers

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Circuit workers involved in the protests were dismissed, but the statements does not say how many have returned © Getty Images
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The Bahrain International Circuit has offered jobs back to workers who were dismissed in 2011 for their roles in protests in the country.

Unrest in Bahrain led to the cancellation of the 2011 race, while the 2012 grand prix scheduled for April has been the centre of speculation after a human rights group called on the teams and drivers to boycott the event. However, following an independent inquiry in to the trouble, the circuit has announced that the workers have now been offered their jobs back in accordance with the inquiry recommendations.

"The Bahrain International Circuit today (Wednesday) announced that it has reinstated employees who had previously been dismissed following the protests carried out in 2011," a circuit statement read. "The reinstatement is in accordance with the royal decree of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa to implement the recommendations of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry."

"The employees had been dismissed as they were deemed to be in breach of contract during the protests in Bahrain in 2011. Following the protests, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa commissioned an independent inquiry to investigate the protests, the findings of which were published in November 2011. The independent report made a number of recommendations, which the Government pledged to implement by February 2012, which included recommendations with regard to the treatment of dismissed workers.

"The management team of the Bahrain International Circuit ("BIC"), which is the home of motorsport in the Middle East and host of the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, has already contacted and consulted with the relevant staff with regards to their reinstatement and it hopes to see all employees returning to work as soon as possible."

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