UNITED NATIONS - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged Bahraini authorities to "take further steps" to observe international human rights obligations, and welcomed the start of a national dialogue.
Talks between Bahrain's opposition and pro-government groups began on Saturday, aimed at healing deep rifts opened earlier this year.
Bahrain's Shi'ites took to the streets in February and March to demand political reforms, inspired by uprisings that toppled the rulers of Tunisia and Egypt.
The Sunni rulers crushed Bahrain's movement with martial law and help from security forces from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Thirty people are estimated to have died, hundreds were arrested and thousands lost their jobs.