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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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Human Rights Watch 
(Beirut) – A prominent Bahraini human rights activist, Nabeel Rajab, is suffering from health problems that have developed or deteriorated during more than 10 ... See more..
Sport24 
Cape Town - Toto Wolff has issued a rally cry to Mercedes after a second defeat to Ferrari in three races, insisting Mercedes should focus on solutions rather than dwell on the losses. Despite starting the Bahrain Grand Prix 1-2 on the grid, Mercedes ... See more..
International Cricket Council 
The tournament has come alive on the fourth day of the World Cricket League Qualifier – Asia being held in Chiang Mai as leaders Qatar with three wins out of three were surprisingly beaten by Bahrain by 52 runs at Gymkhana and Saudi Arabia are now the ... See more..
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Amnesty International 
Bahrain's authorities have dramatically escalated their crackdown against perceived critics with 32 people summoned for questioning by the Public Prosecution ... See more..
WorldOil (subscription) 
HOUSTON -- Aqualis Offshore has been contracted by South Korean OCEANUS Co. Ltd. to provide specialist floatover services for an LNG regasification platform topside offshore Bahrain. Aqualis Offshore, part of Oslo-listed Aqualis ASA, will deliver the ... See more..
Hindustan Times 
The Sunni-ruled kingdom of Bahrain has been the scene of frequent protests and clashes with police since security forces quelled Shia-led nationwide protests ... See more..
Times Higher Education (THE) 
Meanwhile, his appeal must proceed in a manner consistent with Bahrain's obligations under international law, in particular internationally recognised standards of due process, while his well-being in prison must be ensured, including his humane ... See more..
Trade Arabia 
Bahrain Marina Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Social Insurance Organization (SIO), unveiled the masterplan of its ambitious project, Bahrain Marina, for the first time at the Gulf Property Show, currently under way in Bahrain. See more..
ArabianBusiness.com 
Swiss-Belhotel International (SBI) will triple its inventory of rooms in the Kingdom of Bahrain this year with the opening of two new hotels already under development, Hotelier Middle East reports. Grand Swiss-Belresort Seef, a 189-key five-star luxury ... See more..
Saudi Gazette 
MANAMA — The Kingdom of Bahrain's hotel and restaurant sector witnessed robust growth at a rate of 3%, the latest Bahrain Economic Quarterly (BEQ) report by the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) revealed. This was underpinned by plans to ... 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