UN rights boss urges Bahrain to rein in its forces

March 17, 2011 11:59

GENEVA - The top UN human rights official urged Bahrain on Thursday to rein in its security forces, citing allegations that they had killed, beaten and carried out arbitrary arrests of protesters, and attacked medical workers.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay voiced alarm at what she called the "military takeover of hospitals" in the kingdom, where Bahraini forces used tanks and helicopters on Wednesday to drive protesters off the streets.

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