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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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Boing Boing 
We concluded that it is possible that the disruptions were a result of a Service Restriction Order (SRO) from the Bahrain Government. The disruption was part of the systematic security siege of the village following protests that began on 20 June 2016 ... See more..
CBS News 
UNITED NATIONS -- Kuwait, acting as a mediator in a snowballing international spat, presented Qatar on Friday with a list of demands from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, four Arab nations that severed ties with Qatar in early ... See more..
Press Gazette 
Amidst increasing restrictions on the press in the Gulf nation, authorities in Bahrain have shut down Al-Wasat, the country's only independent newspaper, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports. HRW quoted a Government statement claiming Al-Wasat had ... See more..
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Washington Post 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A bombing in a Bahrain town home to a prominent Shiite cleric has killed one police officer and wounded two. Bahrain's Interior Ministry announced the death in Diraz early Monday, blaming “terrorists” for the attack in a ... See more..
Forbes Middle East 
Retail and residential real estate markets in Bahrain have registered higher figures during H1 of 2017, as both sectors are poised for further growth. According to the H1 2017 Bahrain Market View developed and issued by CBRE, the introduction of Amazon ... See more..
Khaleej Times 
The Bahrain TV has released a leaked recording of a telephonic conversation between the adviser of the Amir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa bin Abdullah Al Attiya, and Bahrain fugitive terrorist Hassan Ali Jumma Sultan, who were conspiring against the ... See more..
Reuters 
DUBAI Bahrain has arrested several suspects in connection with an explosion in the village of a Shi'ite Muslim spiritual leader, the Ministry of Interior said on Twitter on Tuesday. The blast on Sunday in Diraz, home to Ayatollah Isa Qassim and a ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
Qatar has rejected accusations of attempting to undermine security in the neighbouring Arab Gulf state of Bahrain. On Friday, Bahrain's official news agency BNA broadcast the recording of a 2011 phone call alleged to have taken place between Hamad bin ... See more..
Human Rights Watch 
(Beirut) – Bahraini authorities on June 4, 2017, ordered the immediate indefinite suspension of Al Wasat, the country's only independent newspaper, Human Rights Watch said today. The Bahrain authorities should immediately revoke the order. Al Wasat is ... See more..
Washington Post 
Bahrain on Thursday declared it a crime, punishable by imprisonment of up to five years and a fine, to show “sympathy or favoritism” to Qatar or to object in any way to Bahrain's decision to break relations and impose economic and border restrictions ... 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)

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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