Geneva: Bahrain has agreed to consider recommendations to release political prisoners, outlaw torture and join the International Criminal Court, a move that could open it to international prosecutions of alleged abuses, the UN`s top human rights body said.
The UN Human Rights Council says in its highly-anticipated review of the Gulf kingdom`s record that Bahrain will consider 176 recommendations submitted by other nations.
The council`s report today, which is part of a process that all 193 UN members are required to undergo every four years, reflects international concern about the 15-month Bahraini uprising by majority Shiites against the ruling Sunni monarchy.
Nations are not required to adopt the recommendations of other countries that are included the report. But often nations will reject recommendations without agreeing to consider them.