Manama: An international panel has begun investigating the five months of Shi’ite protests in Bahrain and the crackdown by the island nation`s Sunni rulers that has killed at least 32 people.
The head of the five-member commission, Mahmoud Cherif Bassiouni, says the panel will meet with government and military officials and opposition leaders and activists, including those in custody for their role in demonstrations.
Bahrain`s Shi’ite majority is demanding greater freedoms from the ruling Sunni dynasty.
Bassiouni said at a news conference on Sunday that the commission will report its findings by October 30.
Hundreds of protesters have been detained since February. Dozens were convicted of anti-state crimes in a special security tribunal. Eight prominent activists are serving life sentences.