This report is part of CRIN's access to justice for children project, looking at the status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in national law, the status of children involved in legal proceedings, the legal means to challenge violations of children’s rights and the practical considerations involved in challenging violations.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has been ratified by Amiral Decree No. 16 of 1991 in the Kingdom of Bahrain, coming into force on 14 March 1992. As such, the CRC has force of law in Bahrain and may be invoked before national courts. The age of majority in Bahrain is 18 and children under this age are permitted to bring actions before national courts to challenge violations of their rights but must do so through a parent or legal guardian. The Child Law places an emphasis on the principle of the best interests of the child with regard to all matters concerning children, irrespective of which body or organisation is responsible for the decision or action in question.