Bahraini protesters wave their national flag as they take part in an anti-regime rally in Manama
Bahraini protesters wave their national flag as they take part in an anti-regime rally at Pearl Square in Manama, March 2011. Gulf civil society groups called on the Bahraini government to apply recommendations of an independent probe that found police guilty of torturing pro-democracy activists. © Joseph Eid - AFP/File
Bahraini protesters wave their national flag as they take part in an anti-regime rally in Manama
AFP
Last updated: November 24, 2011

Activists urge Bahrain to apply probe findings

Gulf civil society groups called Thursday on the Bahraini government to apply recommendations of an independent probe that found police guilty of torturing pro-democracy activists.

"We believe that implementing the report's recommendations is the best way to ensure tensions are defused before the situation explodes," said Anwar al-Rasheed, the head of the liberal Gulf Civil Society Forum (GCSF).

"Any delay or deception in implementing the recommendations will lead to consequences that we do not wish for the kingdom of Bahrain," Rasheed said in a statement.

The statement followed the publication of a special independent commission report in Bahrain that found police used "excessive force" and tortured detainees in a crackdown on the Shiite-led democracy protests in March.

The GCSF is a non-governmental group comprised of liberal intellectuals, writers and activists from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, of which Bahrain is a member.

The Council's other members are Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Stay Connected
twitter icon Twitter 13,558 linkedin icon LinkedIn 463
facebook icon Facebook 87,173 google+ icon Google+ 272