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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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Bahrain News

Washington Post 
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A Bahrain court sentenced three people to death and 14 others to lengthy prison terms on charges they established a terrorist cell with the intent of killing policemen, al-Wasat, an independent Bahraini news website ... See more..
The Conversation UK 
More bloodshed lies ahead – but few are taking any notice. See more..
Huffington Post 
Even Dostoyevsky was allowed to write in his prison cell, and you have to wonder at the insecurity of the Bahrain regime that it remains so fearful of the dissidents in Jau and their ideas. Al Khawaja is in danger of losing sight in his eye but the ... See more..
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Bahrain News Agency 
Manama, Mar.24 (BNA): Bahrain dailies issued today focused in their principal headlines on the main local, Arab and international events which happened over ... See more..
The Hindu 
In line with the trouble faced by Indian workers in the Gulf, a large number of Indian workers in Bahrain have sought the support of the Ministry of External Affairs. The months-old problem came to light when a group of workers employed with a Bahraini ... See more..
The New Arab 
Fourteen others were also found guilty of various charges linked to the formation of a "dangerous terrorist cell that manufactured improvised explosives used against police" in the village of Kurayat west of the capital Manama, the Bahrain News Agency ... See more..
The New Paper 
Singapore coach V Sundramoorthy will have plenty to mull over, ahead of next Tuesday's Asian Cup third-round qualifying opener against Bahrain. The Lions lost 2-1 to Afghanistan in an international friendly at the Al-Sailiya Sports Club yesterday ... See more..
New York Times (blog) 
Hajar Mansoor Hasan, left, with her son Sayed Nazar during a ceremony at Nazar's high school. The family is being targeted by Bahrain authorities in retribution ... See more..
Bahrain News Agency 
Bahrain press review. 11 : 35 AM - 24/03/2017. Manama, Mar.24 (BNA): Bahrain dailies issued today focused in their principal headlines on the main local, Arab and international events which happened over the past 24 hours. Here is a round-up of the ... See more..
ArabianBusiness.com 
GFH Real Estate, the real estate arm of GFH Financial Group, has announced the official start of works on its $150 million Harbour Row Project in Bahrain. The new residential and commercial destination in the heart of Manama is located on the ... 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