US welcomes Bahrain human rights report

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The White House says Bahrain’s government must hold those responsible for human rights violations accountable following the release of a report detailing torture, excessive force and fast-track justice in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

In a statement, the White House says the report identifies a number of disturbing rights abuses during a government crackdown on protesters early this year. And the White House says the report’s recommendations can serve as a foundation for advancing reconciliation and reform.

The study was authorized by Bahrain’s Sunni rulers in a bid to ease tensions in the Western-allied kingdom.

The White House says King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa’s decision to establish the commission that carried out the report was a courageous one.