U.N. rights head: Bahrain failing to punish abuses

December 21, 2011 20:32

DUBAI - The United Nation's top human rights official said on Wednesday Bahrain was failing to prosecute security forces who tortured people during anti-government protests in February and was still using excessive force against civilians.

"We continue to receive reports of the repression of small protests in Bahrain," UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a statement. "...although some security officers have reportedly been arrested, we have yet to see any prosecution of security forces for civilian injuries and deaths."

Her comments follow a critical government-commissioned report released last month which surprised many in its candor. It rejected the Sunni-led government's claim that Iran had orchestrated the protests through Bahrain's Shi'ite majority and found that detainees had been tortured to death.

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