Bahrain police condemned over human rights abuses
Bahraini Shiite mourners chant slogans during the funeral of a man killed during anti-government demonstrators in March.
November 23rd, 2011
09:46 AM ET

Bahrain police condemned over human rights abuses

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.

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  1. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    HAPPY HOLIDAY EVERY BODY.

    November 23, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. BOND, JAMES

    They know nothing but violence, primitive race.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. chrissy

    Back at you DRAK, how have you been? Havent seen you in some time! :)

    November 23, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    HI CRISSY ,HOPE YOU HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING IM GOOD JUST LOOKIN AT SNOWY LOOKIN SNOW CLOUDS. IM GONNA COOK TOMORROW RIGHT BEFO RE NOON

    November 23, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. chrissy

    Im gonna do my best DRAK, lol, wont be easy my mom is comming tonite! Its been 9 weeks today since my dad died so tis the lst holiday without him. And he was the glue that kept our family together.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. chrissy

    I really hope Bahrain can reform and become a Democrat Society! Most likely tho, they will repeat previous ways cause its the only thing they know.

    November 23, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • George Patton

      As much as I hate to say it, chrissy, I think that you're hoping wrong! As long as that creeping king Hamad al-Khalifa and his henchmen remain in power, very little will change in Bahrain and that's the sad truth.

      November 23, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I hate to say it, but I agree with chrissy *and* George Patton...

    November 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. MeMelvin

    People of Bahrain , keep up the protests! Illegitimi non carborundum!
    "We the people"...is not exclusively an American phrase.

    Some will call your actions "anarchy", where in reality this is your "BahrainIAN Tea Party”. Expand your minds. Your true oppressor has not been your government, but the “Surrender” called Islam. You gave away your individuality. Time to reclaim it. Who deserves it more?

    November 23, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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