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April 11, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee is seriously concerned about the practice of child marriage, especially among the Roma and Egyptian communities, often authorized by court decision as an exception to the minimum age of marriage of 18 years" (Pg 11).
April 7, 2018, 11:16 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The very low minimum age of marriage, which is 14 years under customary marriage laws, 15 years for ethnic Chinese and 16 years for Muslim girls, as compared with 18 years for Muslim boys" (Pg 9).
April 7, 2018, 11:12 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"In June 2013, the Afghan Parliament considered and rejected a measure that would have made it illegal for men to marry girls under the age of 16. Opponents believed the measure went against Islamic principles" (Pg 12). "Civil Law has determined 18 years of age for men and 16 for women as the minimum age for marriage" (Pg 14).
April 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Personal Status Act sets 15 as the legal age of marriage for girls and 17 for boys and the law forbids notarization or attestation of the marriage contract in the official register if spouses are younger than that at the time of notarisation. The law specifies age of marriage and stipulates mental competence, maturity, suitability between spouses and matching ages (which is the right of the wife alone) as conditions for marriage" (30).
April 4, 2018, 11:54 p.m.
Countries: Portugal
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with concern: . . . (b) That the default minimum age of marriage is set at 16 years (with parental approval), not 18 years; . . . The Committee recommends that the State party: . . . (b) Raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 years" (page 11).
April 4, 2018, 4:40 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned: That the legal age for marriage remains lower for women than for men" (12).
April 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"That the minimum age for marriage is set at 17 years for both boys and girls and that, at 16 years of age, girls and boys can enter into marriage with the consent of their parents" (14).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that the minimum legal age of marriage is 18 years of age. It remains concerned, however, by the pervasiveness of child and/or forced marriage, and that girls and women are deprived of their right to freely choose their spouse and to enter into marriage" (page 15).
April 2, 2018, 8:19 a.m.
Countries: Bolivia

"The Committee is concerned, however, about the challenges in its implementation, including the 18 year minimum age of marriage for women and men" (13).
March 30, 2018, 5:08 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee is also concerned that the legal age of marriage for girls under customary law is 16 years, while it is 18 years under statutory law" (14).
March 28, 2018, 10:04 a.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"That article 15 of the Family Code currently provides for different minimum ages of marriage for girls (17 years) and boys (18 years), with the possibility of authorizing the marriage of a girl at 16 years of age" (10).
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"It strongly recommends amendment of the provisions that stipulate a minimum marriage age for women that is different from that for men (article 88 of the Code of the Person and the Family)" (10).
March 21, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the ratification of the Convention, in particular the adoption of the following legislation: (a) Child Care and Protection Act, in 2015, which contains provisions on the trafficking of children, including girls, and the minimum age of marriage; (b) Prevention of Organized Crime Act, in 2004 (entered into force in May 2009), which has been used to combat trafficking in human beings, including women and girls" (page 1-2).
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"In line with article 16 (2) of the Convention, the Committee’s general recommendation No. 21 on equality in marriage and family relations and joint general recommendation No. 31 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women/general comment No. 18 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on harmful practices, the Committee recommends that the State party: . . . (d) Ensure that the minimum age of marriage is set at 18 years for both girls and boys, that child marriage is criminalized and adequately sanctioned and that polygamous marriages and levirate are prohibited, without exception" (page 12-13).
March 19, 2018, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Iran’s choice of Shari’a as its governing code, interpreted in the most restrictive way possible, sets the marriage age for girls at 9 years and 8 months (lunar years)," (9)."Failure to monitor and provide guardianship of minor girls is conducted in the interests of the girl child, rather than her family, guardian, brothers, aspiring suitors. Recent legal changes in Civil Law (Article 1041, amended in 1982, and later in 2000) to allow a guardian himself to marry a female child who has not yet attained puberty is an excellent example of what Iran considers careful custodianship by a guardian," (11).
March 19, 2018, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Colombia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"While noting that the legal age of marriage in the State party is set at 18 years for both girls and boys, the Committee is concerned at the exception in the Civil Code of the State party which allows 14-year-old adolescents, both girls and boys, to get married with the consent of their parents or guardians" (Pg 13).
March 14, 2018, 6:54 p.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: AOM-LAW-1, PW-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned about: (a) The lack of harmonization by the State party of its legislation with the Convention, which should take precedence over national laws, especially because article 97 of the Constitution considers international treaties at the constitutional rank; (b) The very long delays in revising the discriminatory provisions contained in national law, in particular the discriminatory provisions contained in the Family Code, including provisions relating to the different minimum age of marriage for girls and boys, the husband being the head of the household and polygamy. The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Finalize within a clear time frame and as a priority the process of ...more
March 14, 2018, 3:42 p.m.
Countries: Guinea
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"It notes that, according to information given by the State party, the draft Civil Code is compatible with the Convention and will replace all existing discriminatory provisions, such as the provisions about the age of marriage being lower for girls than for boys" (15).
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The relevant authorities are currently studying the establishment of the minimum age for the marriage of girls and boys. Article 16 (3) of the implementing regulation of the Child Protection Law states, 'Before concluding a marriage contract, it is necessary to acetain that the marriage of a persion under the age of 18 does not harm the persion and will achieve the best interest of the persion, whether the persion is a male or female'" (50).
March 8, 2018, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: Morocco
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Morocco took a big step toward improving [women's rights] with a 2004 family code that raised the marriage age for women to 18" (para 8).
March 7, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Mexico
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The LGDNNA stipulates the obligation to establish 18 years as the minimum age for marriage, for the protection of girls and adolescents facing forced marriage. Currently 19 federal entities have done so, without any kind of exemption" (page 35).
March 7, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

In 2015, the Marriage Law of Spain changed. Whereas previously 14 year olds and older could marry, the law was changed to set 16 as the minimum age of marriage.
Feb. 28, 2018, 5:36 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Article 45(3) of the Constitution is one of the biggest achievements for women in the institution of marriage in the context of equality and non-discrimination. It states that Parties to a marriage are entitled to equal rights at the time of marriage, during the marriage and at the dissolution of the marriage. It lays a minimum age of marriage at 18 years, thus outlawing child marriages that have, hitherto been a major handicap for Kenyan women" (37). "The age of consent is set at 18 for both man and woman" (37).
Feb. 23, 2018, 8:47 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"For the purpose of implementing the Recommendations of UN Committee the Government of the Republic of Moldova has modified the minimum legal age for marriage from 16 years to 18 years for women, for men it is 18 years as in the past. Thus, under Article 14 of the Family Code, with the amendments made by Law No. 120-XVI of May 29, 08, the minimum marriage age is 18. For good reasons, the marriage age can be reduced but with no more than two years. Reduction of the marriage age shall be authorized by the local government in whose jurisdiction the persons who want to get married reside, based on ...more
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee further welcomes the fact that article 7 of the Personal Status Law sets the minimum age for marriage at 18 years for both boys and girls" (6).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Personal status laws in force discriminate between women and men with respect to marriage age. The minimum marriage age in the West Bank is 16 Islamic calendar years for males and 15 Islamic calendar years for females. In the Gaza Strip, the marriage age is 18 for males and 17 for females. However, a judge may allow a girl over 9 years of age to get married if she is ruled to be sufficiently mature and her physical constitution is equal to it. The same applies to a boy over 12 years of age if he is ruled to be sufficiently mature and his physical constitution is equal to it, ...more
Feb. 7, 2018, 10:37 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"On 1 July 2014 a new crime, coercion to marry, was introduced. It applies to a person who, by unlawful coercion or exploitation of another person’s vulnerable situation, induces a person to enter into marriage or a marriage-like relationship. Even before the new legislation, cases involving coercion were punishable as unlawful coercion. The new crime has a more severe scale of penalties than unlawful coercion. The new regulations also go further than present legislation since attempt and preparation to commit coercion to marry have been made punishable and since cases of coercion to marry may be examined by a Swedish court even when the act is not punishable in the ...more
Feb. 2, 2018, 11:11 a.m.
Countries: New Zealand
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 20 for both men and women, but persons ages 16-19 may marry with parental permission" (9).
Jan. 31, 2018, 6:14 p.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the submission of the draft revised Personal and Family Code to the Council of Ministers and that this draft harmonizes the age of marriage at 18 years for both men and women," (13).
Jan. 30, 2018, 6:23 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 for both boys and girls. A person between 16 and 18 years may apply to a judge or magistrate in a state or territory for an order authorizing marriage to a person who has attained 18 years, but the marriage of the minor still requires parental or guardian consent. Two persons younger than 18 years may not marry each other" (16).