The head of a special commission investigating Bahrain’s unrest says the government used “excessive force” and tortured detainees during its bloody crackdown on protesters earlier this year.
Commission Chief Cherif Bassiouni announced Wednesday the findings of a much-anticipated report about the treatment of demonstrators in Shi’ite-led protests calling for democratic reform in the Sunni monarchy.
The report was authorized by Bahrain’s rulers and was based on interviews with more than 5,000 people. Rights groups say more than 3,000 people were detained in the March crackdown, and as many as half of those faced abuses such as electric shocks and beatings in detention.
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