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Obama Administration Calls on Bahrain to Act on Panel’s Findings

November 23, 2011

Nov. 23 (Bloomberg) -- The White House called on Bahrain to “hold accountable” human rights violators following the release today of findings by an independent commission that said the government used excessive force against protesters.

“The report identifies a number of disturbing human rights abuses that took place during this period, and it is now incumbent upon the government of Bahrain to hold accountable those responsible for human rights violations and put in place institutional changes to ensure that such abuses do not happen again,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a statement.

The statement praised as “courageous” the decision by Bahrain’s Sunni Muslim king, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, to set up the commission of inquiry following the deaths of 35 people as the government cracked down on protesters earlier this year.

“Bahrain is a long-standing partner of the United States, and we urge the government and all parties to take steps that lead to respect for universal human rights and to meaningful reforms that meet the legitimate aspirations of all Bahrainis,” the statement said.

--Editors: Joe Sobczyk, Laurie Asseo

To contact the reporter on this story: Margaret Talev in Washington at mtalev@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net -0- Nov/23/2011 20:25 GMT


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