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July 18, 2018, 8:36 p.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage for both sexes is 18; however, anyone below 21 must have parental consent. Under Muslim personal law, Muslim boys may marry at 15, and girls may marry when they reach puberty" (28).
July 18, 2018, 4:01 p.m.
Countries: Malawi
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Marriage, Divorce, and Family Relations Act sets the minimum age for marriage at 18, but the constitution allows marriage at age 15 with parental consent" (19).
July 17, 2018, 9:04 p.m.
Countries: Mozambique
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law sets the minimum age to marry for persons of both genders at 18. Legal permission to marry at age 16 may be granted with parental consent if 'circumstances of recognized public and family interest,' such as pregnancy, exist" (18).
July 17, 2018, 8:44 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The law prohibits marriage for girls before the age of 18" (33).
July 11, 2018, 8 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned that marriage at 16 years of age is legal in the State party" (page 13).
July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age for marriage was increased from 12 and 14 years of age to 16 for both men and women (or subject to judicial authorization) through Act No. 19075 (Annex). While that is still not in line with the standard laid down in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, it is considered a substantial legislative advance" (page 37).
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"While noting the proposed amendment to the Law of Marriage Act (1971) to establish the legal minimum age of marriage for girls and boys at 18 years instead of 15 years for girls (and even 14 years under a court order) and 18 years for boys as it currently stands under section 13 of the Act, the Committee is concerned at the delay in passing the amendment. It is also concerned that discriminatory customary laws and practices persist with regard to marriage and family relations, including concerning inheritance by widows and daughters and property ownership" (page 15).
June 26, 2018, 8:46 p.m.
Countries: Jamaica
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18, but children may marry at 16 with parental consent" (14).
June 25, 2018, 9 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age of marriage is 18 for men and 16 for women, provided one of the partners is a resident of the country. Permission of at least one parent is required if one of the partners is under 16" (8).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 years" (17).
June 25, 2018, 8:56 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Parental or judicial consent to marry is required for individuals younger than 18. Nevertheless, the traditional practice of “ukuthwala,” the arranged marriage of girls as young as age 12 to adult men, occurred in remote villages in Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces. In July the president promulgated the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill that prohibits nonconsensual ukuthwala and classifies it as a trafficking offense. In February 2014 the country recorded its first conviction for an ukuthwala violation under the trafficking provisions of the Children’s Act; a man who forcibly married a victim received a 22-year prison sentence. On March 23, the court upheld the conviction...more
June 25, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Turkmenistan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

""Under article 15 of the Family Code of Turkmenistan (10 January 2012) the age of consent to marriage is set at eighteen years. In exceptional cases, when there are valid reasons, the guardianship authorities may, at the request of the persons wishing to marry, lower the marriageable age, but by no more than one year" (44).
June 14, 2018, 5:52 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum age of marriage is 18, and it is illegal for anyone under 18 to marry. The law allows no exceptions" (11).
June 10, 2018, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Under Indonesian laws, girls can marry at the age of 16, and 19 for boys if parents give their consent but religious courts can grant permission for people to marry younger" (Para 5).
June 7, 2018, 5:24 p.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 for men and 16 for women" (12).
June 6, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age for marriage is 18 for boys and 16 for girls. There is a lower legal marriage age (16 for boys and 14 for girls) with parental and court consent" (17).
June 5, 2018, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal age for marriage is 18...State-appointed muftis in Thrace noted that the marriage of children under the age of 15 was not allowed and that marriages involving minors between the ages of 16 and 18 required a prosecutor’s decision" (23).
June 3, 2018, 5:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18 for both men and women. Local authorities may authorize marriage from the age of 16 under certain circumstances, and even earlier in some regions," (56).
June 1, 2018, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: France
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18" (19).
May 29, 2018, 7:54 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The social worker said the authorities would have intervened immediately if they believed the marriage had been forced upon the girl, adding the youth protection workers intervene also immediately if the child is under 14" (8). "Girls in Germany are allowed by law to marry when they reach the age of 16" (para 10).
May 29, 2018, 7:52 p.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"Boys and girls may legally marry at age 15, and the law permits marriage at age 14 with parental and village consent" (12).
May 29, 2018, 7:51 p.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage for boys and girls is 18 years, but the law allows underage marriage in special and necessary cases, often in cases of underage pregnancy" (22).
May 29, 2018, 7:49 p.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age for marriage is 18 years. Persons under 18 must obtain the permission of the Circuit Family Court or the High Court to marry" (13).
April 26, 2018, 3:28 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage in the country is 18 for both women and men, although a 16-year-old child may marry with the consent of parents or guardians and permission from the county governor. The county governor may give permission only when there are 'special reasons for contracting a marriage'" (12).
April 25, 2018, 3:38 p.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage in the country is 18 for both women and men, although a 16-year-old child may marry with the consent of parents or guardians and permission from the county governor. The county governor may give permission only when there are 'special reasons for contracting a marriage'" (12).
April 25, 2018, 2:40 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"NGOs urged the government to abolish a six-month waiting period stipulated in the law for women, but not men, before re-marriage; eliminate different age minimums for marriage depending on sex; and allow married couples a choice of surnames" (15). "The law stipulates that to marry, the male partner must be age 18 or older and the female partner, 16 or older. A person under 20 may not marry without at least one parent’s approval" (16).
April 23, 2018, 7:43 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage is 18 for girls and 20 for boys, and the law criminalizes organizing marriage for, or entering into marriage with, an underage person" (43).
April 20, 2018, 4:05 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Committee is concerned that children under 16 years can get married upon obtaining authorization from the Court of Guardians" (10).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: AOM-LAW-1

"The Marriage Act (Amendment) Decree 2009) has amended section 12 of the Marriage Act by providing that the legal marriageable age for both males and females in Fiji is 18. The Decree has also repealed the requirement of parental consent where a party to an intended marriage, although of marriageable age, is under the age of 21 years" (40).
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).