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Crimes in Bahrain

Bahraini south of Manama on April 5, 2016. (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP)

Bahrain has a low crime rate. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Bahrain had a reported homicide rate of 0.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2008.

According to Amnesty International, Bahrain imposes the death penalty, but only on non-nationals. According to the human-rights organization, at least one person was executed in 2010 and another sentenced to death. Violent street crime is rare but on the rise. The most common petty crime is the snatching of wallets and mobile phones from people’s cars or pockets. Some sources lay the blame on South Asian migrants, while others assert that South Asians are the most common victims, claiming that groups of local youths attack and rob South Asians on the streets. International criminal organizations traffic in narcotics for the small but growing local drugs market (although not on the level of Dubai, a major transhipment port). While the penalties for drugs use are severe, the law does not specifically prohibit human trafficking.

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