Island in the Persian Gulf, ruled since 1971 by the Al Khalifa family


Bahrain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Bahrain (Arabic: ‏البحرين‎, al-Baḥrayn), officially the Kingdom of Bahrain (Arabic: مملكة البحرين‎, Mamlakat al-Baḥrayn), is a small island state near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. It is ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family. The population in 2010 stood at 1,234,571, including 666,172 non-nationals. Formerly an emirate, Bahrain was declared a kingdom in 2002. ..."

Measures of Freedom

Bahrain | Freedom House, Freedom in the World 2016
2016: Status: Not Free, Aggregate Score: 14, Political Rights: 7, Civil Liberties: 6
"After the opposition's boycott of the 2014 parliamentary elections and unsuccessful attempts at compromise, relations between Bahrain's government and the opposition remained tense in 2015. The opposition groups Al-Wefaq and the National Democratic Action Society, among others, faced heightened harassment during the year. In June, a Bahraini court sentenced Al-Wefaq president Ali Salman to four years in prison on a number of serious charges, including promotion of violent political change."
Human Freedom Index [PDF], The Human Freedom Index 2016
2014: 6.75, Rank: 88, Personal Freedom: 5.91, Economic Freedom: 7.60, Democracy Index: 3
Level of Economic Freedom, Economic Freedom of the World
2014: 7.60, Rank: 26