Police used excessive force and torture against civilians arrested during protests in Bahrain earlier this year, an independent commission found Wednesday. ....
British Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed the report but described its findings as "deeply worrying, in particular the use of systematic torture and excessive force against detainees."
He urged Bahrain's government to act swiftly to implement its recommendations and said the world would be watching "to ensure that it acts decisively in the coming days and weeks to address the serious abuses identified."
The United States-based Physicians for Human Rights called on the Bahraini government to make "substantive and irreversible human rights improvements" in the wake of the commission's findings.
Deputy director Richard Sollom said: "So far, the government appears to be saying the right things, but words are not enough. To demonstrate a real commitment to reform, the government must now make meaningful and measurable changes."