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Latest items for MARR-LAW-1

Sept. 26, 2020, 7:38 p.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The law provides that women can only marry if a male guardian approves" (para 12).
Sept. 26, 2020, 6:47 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, DSFMF-LAW-1

"Under the penal code, sexual relations outside marriage, including adultery and sex between unmarried persons, is criminalized, as are same-sex relations between men which are punishable by up to seven years in prison" (para 20).
Sept. 14, 2020, 6:34 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Article 28 (a) requires the women’s guardians’ approval of the marriage, which is discriminatory and contradicts with article 16 (1) (b) of the convention despite Bahrain’s reservations. The law, both sections (Gaa’fary and Sunni schools), should stipulate women’s free and total agreement for consummation of marriage" (2)
Aug. 16, 2020, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The government agreed to revise the 1951 Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act. Activists said that the amended law should make 18 the minimum age of marriage, without exception, and that women should not have to obtain a guardian's permission to get married" (para 20).
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:32 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

“On February 27, the Swiss Parliament is scheduled to debate a series of proposals to crack down on Muslim forced marriages in Switzerland. There are an estimated 17,000 forced marriages in Switzerland; one-third of the victims are between the ages of 13 and 18, according to a ground-breaking study of the problem conducted in 2006. The proposals being considered include: amending the Swiss Penal Code to make forced marriage a criminal offense; outlawing the marriages of minors; reviewing all future requests for marriage to ensure that no one is being married against her will; and mandating the deportation of any immigrants found to guilty of forcing someone to marry against...more
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:10 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Accordingly, the Criminal Code was emended and early marriages and forced marriages are now prohibited and considered as a crime prosecuted under the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Sanctions to those offences have been increased. Research studies have been carried out and raising awareness initiatives have been undertaken" (2).
Aug. 8, 2020, 6:27 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Article 326 of the penal code allows a person who abducts a minor to escape prosecution if he marries his victim" (para 16).
June 23, 2020, 5:49 p.m.
Countries: Serbia
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"New criminal offences have been introduced in the Criminal Code, including: female genital mutilation; stalking; sexual harassment; and forced marriage" (20). "Amendments to the Criminal Code of 23 November 2016 introduced the crime of forced marriage" (41).
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: MARR-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 older men, occurred in remote villages in Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. In 2015 the president promulgated the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Bill that prohibits nonconsensual ukuthwala and classifies it as a trafficking offense" (27).
May 31, 2020, 4:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The Family Law provides that citizens shall have the rights to marry freely (art. 8). The Law on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Women provides that women have the rights to free marriage (art. 45)" (37).
May 7, 2020, 7:27 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"This article was amended on 6 September to reflect the fact that child marriage is not illegal as such under Nigerian law but is covered under the Child Rights Act, a federal bill which competes with state and customary law and has not been enacted in 13 of Nigeria's 36 states." (para 26).
April 9, 2020, 8:06 p.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1

"Indonesia previously allowed girls of 16 to get married or younger-- with no minimum age-- if their parents requested it" (para 7).
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The 2011 Prevention of Antiwomen Practices Amendment Act criminalizes and punishes the giving of a woman in marriage to settle a civil or criminal dispute; depriving a woman of her rights to inherit movable or immovable property by deceitful or illegal means; coercing or in any manner compelling a woman to enter into marriage; and compelling, arranging, or facilitating the marriage of a woman with the Quran, including forcing her to take an oath on the Quran to remain unmarried or not to claim her share of an inheritance. Although prohibited by law, these practices continued in some areas" (41).
Feb. 14, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"There is no legal minimum age for marriage, and the government does not perform civil marriages. Instead, religious courts set the marriage age based on confessionally determined personal status law, and minimum ages for marriage differ accordingly" (30).
Jan. 30, 2020, 1:05 p.m.
Countries: Yemen
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The law does not address other types of gender-based abuse, such as beatings, forced isolation, imprisonment, and early and forced marriage" (29).
Nov. 7, 2019, 6:16 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The legal age of marriage is 18. According to UNICEF 17 percent of girls married before age 18, and 2 percent of girls were married by age 15. According to NCW statistics, nearly 36 percent of marriages in rural areas in the southern part of the country included a partner who was not yet age 18. Families reportedly sometimes forced adolescent girls to marry wealthy foreign men in what were known locally as “tourism” or “summer” marriages for the purpose of sexual exploitation, prostitution, or forced labor." (45).
Sept. 17, 2019, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Mao famously told women they held up “half the sky” and outlawed arranged marriage and the practice of taking concubines." (para 11).
Sept. 5, 2019, 1:56 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The penalty for forced marriage between an adult and child is a prison sentence of three months to two years and a fine of 150,000 to 1.5 million CFA francs ($265 to $2,650)" (24, 25).
Aug. 9, 2019, 1 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The law on sexual violence criminalizes rape, but the offense was not always reported by victims and the law was not always enforced. Rape was common. The legal definition of rape does not include spousal rape. It also prohibits extrajudicial settlements (for example, a customary fine paid by the perpetrator to the family of the victim) and forced marriage, allows victims of sexual violence to waive appearance in court, and permits closed hearings to protect confidentiality. The minimum penalty prescribed for rape is a prison sentence of five years, and courts regularly imposed such a sentence in rape convictions" (page 39). "While the law prohibits marriage of boys and girls...more
July 31, 2019, 6:50 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The law does not specify a minimum age for marriage, although Ministry of Justice guidelines referred marriage applications to sharia courts to determine the validity of a marriage when the bride was under the age of 16. According to some senior religious leaders, girls as young as 10 may marry" (44).
July 30, 2019, 8:55 a.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"The law makes forcing a child to marry punishable by a fine, one year’s imprisonment, or both" (p. 17).
July 24, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Chad
Variables: MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The law sets the minimum age for marriage at 18. The law precludes invoking the consent of the minor spouse to justify child marriage and prescribes sentences of five to 10 years’ imprisonment and fines of 500,000 to five million CFA francs ($883 to $8,833) for persons convicted of perpetrating child marriage" (page 17).
July 20, 2019, 8:20 a.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1

"The legal age for marriage is 18 for men and 17 for women. A boy as young as 15 or a girl as young as 13 may marry if a judge deems both parties willing and 'physically mature,' and if the fathers or grandfathers of both parties consent. ISIS systematically abducted and sexually exploited Yezidi girls in Iraq and transported them to Syria for systematic rape and forced marriage (see section 1.g. and section 6, Women)" (Pg 48).
July 19, 2019, 12:22 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"Domestic violence against women and girls remained a serious problem. Violence against women and girls, including early and forced marriage, was believed to be one of the major factors responsible for women’s relative poor health, livelihood insecurity, and inadequate social mobilization. Additionally, the practice of early and forced marriage, which remained prevalent, limited girls’ access to education and increased their susceptibility to domestic violence and sexual abuse. The 2009 Domestic Violence (Crime and Punishment) Act allows for settling complaints of domestic violence through mediation with an emphasis on reconciliation. Authorities usually pursued prosecution under the act only when mediation failed. The Nepal Police had women’s cells staffed by female officers...more
July 19, 2019, 9:48 a.m.
Countries: Indonesia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1

"The legal distinction between a woman and a girl was not clear. The marriage law sets the minimum marriageable age at 16 for women (19 for men), but the child protection law states that persons under age 18 are not adults. A girl who marries has adult legal status. Girls frequently married before reaching the age of 16, particularly in rural and impoverished areas. See also the Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report at www.state.gov/j/tip/rls/tiprpt/" (Pg 29).
July 18, 2019, 10:36 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: IIP-LAW-2, MARR-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the launch of a national 24-hour helpline for women who are victims of violence and a series of amendments to laws that penalize stalking and forced marriage and give effect to the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse under national jurisdiction" (5).
July 18, 2019, 12:24 p.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, AOM-PRACTICE-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The law establishes 18 as the minimum age for civil marriage. The practice of early marriage was more common in the Muslim community. There were reports during the year of forced marriages of young girls to ex-Seleka and anti-Balaka members. The government did not take steps to address forced marriage. (For more data, see UNICEF website.)" (Pg 19).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18. The law punishes anyone who compels another to marry with imprisonment for five to 10 years, and with fines of 25,000 CFA francs ($47) to 1,000,000 CFA francs ($1,865). When victims are minors, punishment may not be less than a two-year prison sentence, regardless of mitigating circumstances. The court may also take away custody from parents who give away their underage children in marriage. Despite these legal provisions, some families reportedly tried to marry their girls before age 18. (For data, see the UNICEF website.)" (Pg 28).
July 14, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Brunei
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1

"The legal minimum age of marriage for both boys and girls is 14 years with parental and participant consent, unless otherwise stipulated by religion or custom under the law, which generally set a higher minimum age. The Islamic Family Act sets the minimum marriageable age at 16 years for Muslim girls and 18 years for Muslim men and makes it an offense to use force, threat, or deception to compel a person to marry against his or her own will. Ethnic Chinese must be 15 years or older to marry, according to the Chinese Marriage Act, which also stipulates sexual intercourse with an ethnic Chinese girl younger than 15 years...more
July 13, 2019, 9:51 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: MARR-LAW-1

"Forced marriages are illegal and were rare" (p. 36).