Police used excessive force and torture against civilians arrested during protests earlier this year, an independent commission set up by Bahrain's king, Hamad al-Khalifa, found Wednesday.
Abuses of detainees included beatings with metal pipes and batons, threats of rape and electrocution, commission chairman Prof. Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni said.
The mistreatment included physical and psychological torture, he said, intended to extract information or to punish those held by security forces.
Bahrain should set up an independent body to investigate complaints of killings and torture during the pro-democracy protests earlier this year, Bassiouni said, and all those involved in human rights abuses should be held accountable, no matter how high their position.
The highly critical report by the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry also recommended a series of reforms to the country's law and better training of its security forces.FULL STORY