Ki-moon further stressed that the committee must “be able to work with full independence in accordance with international norms and standards” and that “the government should not interfere in any way.”

Saeed al-Shehabi with the Bahrain Freedom Movement, however, has described the move by the Bahraini regime as “a joke and mockery of justice.”

“I think the formation of this committee is self-defeating because how you can look into the crimes of the person who has appointed you” or have “reconciliation when you are still torturing people?” he said.

The order for the creation of the committee was proposed by Bahrainis Emir Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Wednesday.

King Hamad has claimed that the government will not interfere in the investigation so that it remains “completely independent.”

On Thursday, the regime, which initiated a brutal crackdown on popular protests in the country, appointed a five-man panel to conduct investigations into the violent clampdown.

Anti-regime demonstrators have been holding peaceful protests in the Persian Gulf kingdom since mid-February, demanding an end to the Al-Khalifa dynasty.

In March however, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates deployed over 1,000 military forces to Bahrain to assist the regime in suppressing the nationwide demonstrations.

Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has also welcomed the Bahraini move to set up the commission.

Pillay, who has on several occasions condemned the regime’s brutal crackdown and called it a “blatant violation of international law,” revealed that she was about to make an assessment mission to Bahrain but held it back at the regime’s request as she “always encourages credible national investigations.”

The US, which has a huge military base of its Navy’s 5th Fleet based in Bahrain, has also welcomed the Emir’s move.

Yet, the United States has taken little action against Bahrain’s monarchy for its harsh crackdown on peaceful protesters.

The latest anti-regime demonstrations took place on Thursday. Activists said regime forces fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the protesters near the Pearl Square site in Manama.

So far, 24 people have been killed, according to official figures released by the regime. More than a thousand have also been reported injured

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