Bahrain king forms follow-up panel on rights

Gulf civil society groups urged Manama to apply the recommendations of a probe that found police guilty of torture.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2011, 22:42 PM IST

Manama: Bahrain`s King Hamad has decided to form a panel to implement the recommendations of a probe which found police used "excessive force" against demonstrators, state news agency BNA said Sunday.

"The National Commission will examine the recommendations
of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry and make its
own recommendations," the agency said, adding the panel could
propose amendments to Bahraini legislation.

It would "expedite its work and complete it within a
framework of transparency before the end of February 2012,"
BNA said.

"However, the government will endeavour to implement
those recommendations that can be implemented without delay,
rather than waiting for the recommendations of the National
Commission."

Gulf civil society groups have urged Manama to apply the
recommendations of the independent probe unveiled on Wednesday
that found police guilty of torturing activists in a crackdown
on democracy protests in February-March.

King Hamad, who commissioned the report, has vowed
reforms following the commission`s findings.

PTI