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Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal marriage age for boys and girls is 16 years with parental consent" (para 63).
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage for both boys and girls is 18, although girls as young as 14 may marry with parental consent" (37).
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age to marry without parental consent is 16 for girls and 18 for boys. A 15-year-old girl may marry with parental consent if a civil judge approves" (page 23). "The country has a statutory rape law that defines 18 as the minimum age for consensual sex. The law, which was inconsistent with the legal minimum marriage age of 15 for girls, was not enforced" (page 23-24).
Feb. 7, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age for marriage is 18 for men and 17 for women" (Pg 30).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Children’s Protection and Welfare Act defines a child as a person under age 18. Under the Marriage Act of 1974, however, a girl can marry at age 16 while a boy can do so at age 18. The act states that 'if the girl is 16 years of age, but is not yet 21, parental consent is required' for marriage. Customary law does not set a minimum age for marriage" (Pg 21).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:03 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Islamic Republic’s civil code stipulates that the legal age of marriage in Iran is thirteen for girls and fifteen for boys. However, the civil code allows girls as young as nine to marry with the consent of their father or the permission of a judge" (para. 12).
Feb. 6, 2019, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Children ages 16 and 17 may legally marry with the consent of local authorities, but the law prohibits marriage before the age 16 under all circumstances" (Pg 27).
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The 2011 National Children’s Act sets the marriage age for all persons at 18 years, while the Domestic Relations Act sets the minimum marriage age at 21 for men and 18 for women. The Equal Rights of the Traditional Marriage Act of 1998 permits a girl to marry at age 16" (Pg 18-19).
Feb. 4, 2019, 11:55 a.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 16 for women and 18 for men" (Pg 33).
Feb. 1, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
Countries: Paraguay
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The government increased the minimum legal age for marriage from 16 to 18 through a law published on May 11. Parental consent is required for those ages 16 to 18. The law permits marriage for those younger than age 16 only with judicial authorization under exceptional circumstances" (page 23).
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Exceptions to the prohibition of child marriage, given that the legal age of marriage remains 15 years for girls" (pg. 13).
Jan. 28, 2019, 7:32 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the amendments to the Family Code regarding the economic regime of marriage. Nevertheless, it is concerned that the provisions of the Code continue to allow for marriage of girls under 16 years of age and notes that such marriages have serious consequences for girls, including with regard to their health and education" (16).
Jan. 25, 2019, 9:57 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Amendment No. 6 to the Marriage Age Law, raising the minimum age of marriage from 17 to 18 years, in 2013" (pg. 1). "The Committee welcomes the State party’s efforts to combat discriminatory gender stereotypes and harmful practices, including the adoption of Amendment No. 6 to the Marriage Age Law, by which the minimum age of marriage was raised from 17 to 18 years" (pg. 7).
Jan. 9, 2019, 8:30 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Turkey's legal age of consent is 18 but the practice of underage weddings in religious ceremonies remains widespread" (para 14).
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AOM-LAW-1, RISW-PRACTICE-1

"On 8 July 2016, the High Court of Tanzania took steps to end child marriage for Tanzanian girls. In its decision, the Court ruled that Sections 13 and 17 of the Law of Marriage Act were unconstitutional and directed the government to change the law within one year so that the minimum age of marriage for girls is also 18 years -- the same as for Tanzanian boys" (para 41).
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Men and women who are 18 years of age or above have the right to marry on the basis of mutual consent, freedom and love" (Pg 37).
Jan. 4, 2019, 12:17 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"German law currently allows minors aged 16 or over to get married if their partner is of legal age and the parents or guardians consent. Germany does not recognize marriages contracted abroad if a partner is under 14, but German family courts have discretion to determine the validity of marriages concluded abroad by minors who are 14 or older" (para 5). "In May, an appeals court in Bamberg recognized the marriage of a 15-year-old Syrian girl to her 21-year-old cousin. The court ruled that the marriage was valid because it was contracted in Syria, where such marriages are allowed according to Islamic Sharia law, which does not set any age...more
Jan. 2, 2019, 7:04 p.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Under Brunei’s Marriage Act, which applies to non-Muslims, both parties must be at least 14 years old to enter into a marriage. The Chinese Marriage Act states that a female must be at least 15, and is silent on the minimum age for a male. Meanwhile, the Islamic Family Law Order does not expressly define a minimum age of marriage for Muslims" (para 6).
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage for both sexes is 18, but the courts may, in certain situations, authorize the marriage of persons younger than 18 upon the express request and approval of both parents" (page 19).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage for both sexes is 18, but the courts may, in certain situations, authorize the marriage of persons younger than 18 upon the request and approval of both parents" (page 24).
Dec. 14, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Last year, Malawi's parliament passed a law forbidding marriage before the age of 18." (para 10).
Dec. 14, 2018, 5:46 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"Senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto annulled over 300 marriages, thereby applying the country’s new laws regarding child marriage. In April, President Peter Mutharika signed into a law a ban on child marriage, setting the minimum age requirement for marriage in the country at 18" (para 2).
Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee is particularly concerned: . . . (b) That the Marriage Act (1923), the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act (1961), the Hindu Marriage Act (1945) and the Orisa Marriage Act (1999) allow for girls to be married at 12, 14 and 16 years of age, which causes them to drop out of school and exposes them to health risks, including maternal mortality owing to early pregnancy; (c) That the Children Act (2012), while raising the minimum age of sexual consent to 18 years and criminalizing contraventions, also introduced exemptions under the Marriage Act, the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act, the Hindu Marriage Act and the Orisa Marriage Act, thereby...more
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age of marriage is 18 for women and 21 for men. On February 27, parliament passed the Child Marriage Restraint Act, which includes a provision for marriages of women and men at any age in 'special circumstances'" (27).
Nov. 30, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Cape Verde
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18" (12).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:59 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum marriage age is 18… Some civil codes permit a minimum marital age of 14 for girls and 16 for boys with parental consent, and 18 without parental consent. With a judge’s consent, children can be married at younger ages" (p. 21).
Nov. 28, 2018, 12:58 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum marriage age is 18… Some civil codes permit a minimum marital age of 14 for girls and 16 for boys with parental consent, and 18 without parental consent. With a judge’s consent, children can be married at younger ages" (p. 21).
Nov. 26, 2018, 4:14 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law defines 18 years as the minimum age for marriage, although children may marry at 17 with parental permission and at 16 with court approval" (page 60).
Nov. 16, 2018, 12:39 p.m.
Countries: Bhutan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The statutory minimum age of marriage for both men and women is 18" (14).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:30 a.m.
Countries: Belgium
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law provides that both (consenting) partners must be at least 18 to marry" (10).