LONDON, June 12 (UPI) -- Britain praised Bahrain for taking steps to address human rights concerns in the country but said more was needed from the government.
At least 50 people were killed during an uprising led predominately by Shiite minorities last year. The Sunni-led monarchy is said to be investigating recommendations outlined by an independent commission, though it's been criticized for its human rights record.
British Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt met this week with authorities from Bahrain as well as members of the opposition.
In a briefing on his visit, Burt said from London that it was important that Bahrain move quickly on political reform in order to advance an inclusive political culture in the country.
Opposition parties in Bahrain had pulled out of a national dialogue in 2011 after the uprising challenged the Sunni monarchy.
Burt said London stood by Bahrain as a friend in the international community and was ready to help it usher in needed reforms.
"We stand ready to assist Bahrain as it tackles the challenges ahead, including help with reform of the judicial system, promoting human rights training in the police and other government services, and reducing sectarian tension through reconciliation," he said in a statement.
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