King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's only response to the report, so far, has been to establish a new commission entrusted with studying the previous commission's work. He announced the panel during a speech on Wednesday, and formally established it on Saturday via a royal decree.
The announcement was greeted with scorn by the opposition, which dismissed it as a stalling tactic.
Al Wefaq, which has normally been careful in its criticism of the government, refused to work with the commission unless Hamad first sacks his cabinet. He asked two members of the party to join the new commission, and both refused.
Signs at Friday's rally read "down down government" and "we want democracy" [Al Jazeera]
“We will not work or co-operate with the present government, and we demand for its resignation,” Khalil Marzooq, a senior member of Al Wefaq, said.
“This government must resign, because it’s proved now that it has killed and tortured our citizens.”