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Bahrain is a signatory party to the United Nations 1979 Convention of the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.1 However, Bahrain signed the convention with several reservations regarding gender equality.2 Family law is nonexistent because of Bahrainâ's reservations to the convention and it is impossible for the country to introduce laws on divorce and child custody.3 One of the most controversial aspects of the legal code in Bahrain is the inability for a woman to receive a divorce, or custody of her children in the event of a divorce.4 Additionally, in the case of rape or sexual assault, it is possible for rapists to avoid punishment if they agree to marry their victim.5 Domestic abuse and violence against women are pervasive problems ...See More in Bahrain, with well over 2,000 cases of domestic violence reported in one year alone.6 Child abuse in the country is also on the rise, with an average of 3 cases reported each week and over 400 cases a year.7 Show Less

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1http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/Treaties/CEDAW/Shared%20Documents/BHR/INT_CEDAW_NGO_BHR_16373_E.pdf
2-3 Ibid
4 http://www.wluml.org/sites/wluml.org/files/INT_CEDAW_NGO_BHR_16373_E.pdf
5 Ibid
6 https://www.ndi.org/node/15984
7http://www.ipsnews.net/2012/09/child-abuse-on-the-rise-in-bahrain/
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Middle East Eye 
Geopolitical rivalries and accusations of human rights abuses were ignored on Monday, as the first international arms fair in Bahrain opened its doors, with pavilions from both the US and Russia. The Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and ... See more..
The Southland Times 
Tickets for the World Cup football qualifier between New Zealand and Bahrain were obtainable and affordable, with the most expensive seats costing just $39 each plus a booking fee. This made the game accessible to more people (not just football ... See more..
gulfnews.com 
Manama: Bahrain International Defence Exhibition and Conference (BIDEC) covering air, land and sea was opened on Monday in the capital Manama amid agreements on the significance of dealing decisively with the rising tension over security in the region ... See more..
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Kuwait News Agency 
Field Marshal Shaikh Khalifa Al-Khalifa, Commander-in-Chief of the Bahrain Defense Force (BDF), noted Bahrain's diversified economy, integrated infrastructure and advanced commercial legislation, as well as the spirit of creativity that characterize ... See more..
Kuwait News Agency 
For his part, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Kuwait's Ambassador to Bahrain Sheikh Azzam Mubarak Al-Sabah, told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) that the participation of Kuwait comes within the framework of its interest in enhancing effectiveness of the ... See more..
Times of India 
AHLI UNITED BANK - Following is a third-quarter net profit estimate for Ahli United Bank in millions of dollars. Q3 2017 SICO Bahrain 149.63 ---------------------------------------------------------------- ALUMINIUM BAHRAIN - Following is a third ... See more..
PR Newswire (press release) 
The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain (RCSI Bahrain) this week welcomed new undergraduate students in medicine and nursing as part of its annual Orientation Week. These students are set to become leaders in their ... See more..
Al-Arabiya 
The State of Bahrain welcomed all efforts to prevent Iran from financing terrorist militias and commended the strategy introduced by US President Donald Trump toward Tehran. The Bahraini government said in a statement that it is one of the countries ... See more..
Financial Times 
The Oil & Gas Holding Company B.S.C., which is fully owned by the Kingdom of Bahrain, has hired banks to arrange investor meetings ahead of the company's debut bond issue, as a rush of new debt sales from the Middle East continues. The company ... See more..
Construction Week Online 
Eagle Hills Diyar has awarded the main contract for its 38,500m2 Marassi Boulevard residential component to Kooheji Contractors . Marassi Boulevard is a four-building apartment complex within the Marassi Al Bahrain community that will include 700m2 of ... See more..
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Geography

Middle East, archipelago in the Persian Gulf, east of Saudi Arabia
Area

Total 760 sq km
Land 760 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

arid; mild, pleasant winters; very hot, humid summers
Natural Resources

oil, associated and nonassociated natural gas, fish, pearls ;
Natural Hazards

periodic droughts; dust storms
Current Environmental Issues

desertification resulting from the degradation of limited arable land, periods of drought, and dust storms; coastal degradation (damage to coastlines, coral reefs, and sea vegetation) resulting from oil spills and other discharges from large tankers, oil refineries, and distribution stations; lack of freshwater resources (groundwater and seawater are the only sources for all water needs)

Demographics

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Bahraini
Population
1,281,332 July 2013 est.
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Bahrain has taken great strides in diversifying its economy and its highly developed communication and transport facilities make Bahrain home to numerous multinational firms with business in the Gulf. As part of its diversification plans, Bahrain implemented a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the US in August 2006, the first FTA between the US and a Gulf state. Bahrain's economy, however, continues to depend heavily on oil. Petroleum production and refining account for more than 60% of Bahrain's export receipts, 70% of government revenues, and 11% of GDP. Other major economic activities are production of aluminum - Bahrain's second biggest ...See More export after oil - finance, and construction. Bahrain competes with Malaysia as a worldwide center for Islamic banking and continues to seek new natural gas supplies as feedstock to support its expanding petrochemical and aluminum industries. In 2011 and 2012, Bahrain experienced economic setbacks as a result of domestic unrest, however, several factors indicate that the economy is beginning to recover, such as the return of the formula one race and tourist cruise ships to Bahrain. Economic policies aimed at restoring confidence in Bahrain's economy, such as the suspension of an expatriate labor tax and frequent bailouts of Gulf Air, will make Bahrain's foremost long-term economic challenges - youth unemployment and the growth of government debt - more difficult to address. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$33.63 billion (2012 est.); $32.39 billion (2011 est.); $31.72 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

31.8% of GDP (2012 est.); 29.3% of GDP (2011 est.); 30.3% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

fruit, vegetables; poultry, dairy products; shrimp, fish
Industries

petroleum processing and refining, aluminum smelting, iron pelletization, fertilizers, Islamic and offshore banking, insurance, ship repairing, tourism