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).
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"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.