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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).
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law allows persons to marry at age 16 " (para 127)
Nov. 9, 2018, 11:06 a.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The State party’s position that the diverging minimum age of marriage for men at 18 years and women at 17 years is not in conflict with the Convention, as it reflects traditional customs" (3).
Nov. 3, 2018, 10:36 a.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Early and Forced Marriage: The law sets the minimum age of marriage at 18, with some exceptions for younger children due to pregnancy and for couples older than 16 if the court permitted it due to unique circumstances" (para 173)
Nov. 2, 2018, 9:21 a.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18, but it may be reduced to 16 in the case of pregnancy or mutual agreement. . . . As reported in September, the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kazakhstan issued an order forbidding mosques to conduct religious marriage rites (nikah) without an official marriage certificate, but the practice continued" (page 30-31).
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The government-run Ginddi Center provided shelter to women and girls who were victims of rape or early marriage, and to street children" (page 14). (Coder comment: though the age cutoff is not specified, the presence of a government-run shelter to victims of early marriage indicates that there is some minimum age restriction in effect - ARR). "By law women have the right to choose when and whom they marry, but traditional practices restricted a woman’s choice. The law prohibits the marriage of girls younger than age 16, but this law generally was not enforced in most communities where marriages were arranged. Under certain conditions a judge may grant a special...more
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law stipulates different minimum ages for marriage based on religion and gender: the minimum age for Buddhists is 18 years, and the minimum age for Christian boys is 16 and 15 for girls" (40).
Oct. 25, 2018, 3:09 p.m.
Countries: Sudan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Alfatih Hussein, Rahma’s lawyer, said the grounds for the court verdict is the fact that Rahma is a minor and was married off without the court’s permission, in violation of Article 40 of the Sudanese Personal Status Law. Her father admitted that his daughter's marriage was carried out without the court's authorisation" (para 2). "Sudan’s Personal Status Law for Muslims (1991) has come under huge criticism from civil society for legalising child marriage at the age of 10 and denying women consent in marriage" (para 7). "Alkarib said that although child marriage is not new to Sudanese society, the phenomenon has been on the rise during the past two decades......more
Oct. 22, 2018, 9:31 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Early and Forced Marriage: The legal minimum age of marriage for girls is 13, but girls as young as nine may be married with permission from the court and their father. The law requires court approval for the marriage of boys younger than 15" (para 168)
Oct. 19, 2018, 7:59 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The 1974 Marriage Law establishes the legal age of marriage as 16 for women and 19 for men" (para 152). "The legal distinction between a woman and a girl was not clear. The law sets the minimum marriageable age at 16 for a woman (19 for a man), but the Child Protection Law states that persons under age 18 are children. A girl who marries has adult legal status" (para 165)
Oct. 11, 2018, 7 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Child marriage is banned under Pakistani law. Girls may legally marry at 16, while boys must wait until they are 18" (para. 15).
Oct. 5, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Ukraine
Variables: AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with appreciation that the State party raised the minimum age for marriage to 18 years for girls, but, it is concerned that the practice of marriage below that age still persists in Roma communities" (Pg 16).
Oct. 5, 2018, 12:35 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage could rise to 18 to help protect those forced into abusive relationships, a minister suggested" (para 1). "Asked if the government would review current legislation allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to marry with parental consent, she said: ‘I will certainly bring that point back because (it) is absolutely right to be concerned about it’" (para 4). "The issue was also debated in the Commons where a private member’s bill to raise the legal marriage age to 18 was successfully introduced... the bill will progress to a second reading" (para 6-7).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage for male and female citizens is 21, although with parental consent boys may marry as young as age 18 and girls as young as age 16" (para 116)
Sept. 26, 2018, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Some of its legislative actions, especially the Sindh Child Marriage Restraints Act of 2013, which penalises marriage of both males and females below the age of 18 years, have gone to the extent of challenging the ideological framework of the Council of Islamic Ideology — a constitutional body mandated to provide legal advice to the government on conformity level of the country’s laws with the spirit of the Holy Quran and Sunnah" (para 1). "Within the sphere of women’s rights, the Sindh Assembly has enacted there major laws which include the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act of 2013, Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act of 2013 and the Sindh Commission...more
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:49 a.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Under Ugandan law, child marriage is a crime" (para 13).
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"According to the NCCE minimum age for marriage is 18 years for both sexes.18 It was 15 years for women and 18 years for men in the Ethiopian Civil Code of 1960. This was amended by Proclamation No. 2/1991 to 18 years of age for both sexes and the same age is maintained in the NCCE... There are three categories of exceptions to this rule. The first exception occurs if three cumulative factors are met. These are: if both the man and the woman attain the full age of 16; the woman is pregnant or gave birth to a child; and a doctor’s declaration about the woman’s pregnancy or birth...more
Sept. 24, 2018, 10:50 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Early and Forced Marriage: By law the minimum age of marriage is 15 with parental permission and 18 without" (para 261)
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Personal Status Law, article 7, sets the age of marriage at 18 years for males and females" (Pg 40).
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law allows girls and boys under age 18 to marry if they have reached puberty, have parental consent, and the court finds no substantial reason to object to the union" (21).
Sept. 14, 2018, 9:39 a.m.
Countries: United States
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"If a pregnancy is involved, there is no minimum age for marriage as long as a judge approves the marriage license, Florida law dictates" (para 10). "And now, in 2018, the bill to ban marriage for anyone less than 18 years of age passed the state's Senate unanimously" (para 13). "But the following day, an amendment was added by the House to allow minors aged 16 and older who are expecting a child to marry. Now both bills - the one with no exceptions and the one with an exception - will be debated in Florida's House" (para 15-16). "For now, Florida doesn't allow anyone under the age of 18...more