Bahrain has cracked down on its critics over the past year, torturing, beating and sexually assaulting at least 169 people, Amnesty International said.

Amnesty accused the UK and US of turning a blind eye to “horrific abuses” of human rights in Bahrain, saying in a report entitled “No one can protect you: Bahrain’s year of crushing dissent” that it had documented how the government detained, tortured, threatened or banned from travel nearly 170 activists, opponents and their relatives from June 2016 to June 2017.

This is while Bahrain has repeatedly dismissed allegations of systematic rights abuses.

“We have heard horrific allegations of torture in Bahrain,” Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Philip Luther, said in a statement.

Luther noted that all of the allegations should be investigated “promptly and effectively”, and those behind the abuses be brought to justice.

The report accused Washington and London of keeping silent over the human rights abuses in Bahrain.

“The failure of the UK, USA and other countries that have leverage over Bahrain to speak out in the face of the disastrous decline in human rights in the country over the past year has effectively emboldened the government to intensify its endeavor to silence the few remaining voices of dissent,” Luther added.