Bahrain: The impact of reservations to CEDAW

Ratification of CEDAW: 18 June 2002

OP-CEDAW : not ratified

Reservations to CEDAW: Art. 2; Art. 9(2); Art. 15(4); Art 16

Justification? “incompatibility with the provisions of the Islamic Sharia”

Under the Constitution of Bahrain (article 37), international conventions are to be integrated into national Bahraini law and thus made legally binding. However, the numerous reservations which the Bahraini government entered on ratification of CEDAW are a clear indication of the state’s reluctance to amend national laws or to adopt new laws in conformity with the Convention. Many existing laws in Bahrain, governing diverse aspects of women’s lives, are a long way from compliance with the Convention.

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