An independent commission presented its findings to Bahrain's king, offering the tiny Gulf country a road map for moving beyond the violence of recent months and repairing relations with the US.
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Al Wefaq, Bahrain's main Shiite political party, is close to pulling out of the national dialogue to discuss reform, arguing it's only a fig leaf for continued autocracy.
The sentences, issued by Bahrain's military tribunal, call into question talks between the government and opposition that were due to start July 1.
Five of the six trials were held before a military tribunal. The US last week added Bahrain to its list of human rights abusers, which the kingdom called a regrettable 'rush to judgment.'
Pay no attention to the human rights violations behind the curtain, Mr. Ecclestone.
A pattern of widespread abuse emerges from these cases, including detention without trial, beatings, and lack of access to lawyers and family.