Cherif Bassiouni, head of the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry set up by the Bahraini government in June, represented his report on the violent suppression of anti-government protests to Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on Wednesday.
According to the report, Bahraini security forces used “excessive force” against protesters, physically and mentally tortured detainees and violated their human rights.
Bassiouni said detainees were beaten with metal pipes and threatened with rape.
The panel also criticized the government for unlawfully arresting anti-regime demonstrators, adding that no charges were brought against most of the detainees.
The commission also urged the government to revise verdicts handed to anti-government protesters in military courts and set up a compensation fund for the victims of the crackdown.
The panel also criticized the government for destroying at least 30 places of worship and dismissing more than 2,000 public sector workers during the crackdown.
Bassiouni said the commission has based its report on interviews with more than 5,000 victims of the crackdown.
He also ruled out foreign interference in Bahrain’s protests, adding that the panel had found linking Iran to the country’s unrest.
The inquiry concluded by recommending a national reconciliation program to end months of protests in Bahrain.