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Feb. 10, 2021, 11:42 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"She fled Syria with her extended family. When she had to share accommodation with male relatives she was married off to Qassem, her cousin. The couple seemed happy in each other's company, but Alaa is pregnant, and worried" (para 19).
Feb. 10, 2021, 11:41 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"She fled Syria with her extended family. When she had to share accommodation with male relatives she was married off to Qassem, her cousin. The couple seemed happy in each other's company, but Alaa is pregnant, and worried" (para 19).
Feb. 4, 2021, 10:24 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8, PW-PRACTICE-3

"Mrs. Rafaat had grown up in Kabul, where she was a top student, speaking six languages and nurturing high-flying dreams of becoming a doctor. But once her father forced her to become the second wife of her first cousin, she had to submit to being an illiterate farmer’s wife, in a rural house without running water and electricity, where the widowed mother-in-law ruled, and where she was expected to help care for the cows, sheep and chickens. She did not do well" (para 16).
Dec. 24, 2020, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"There is already a 'candidate' to be her husband - Omar, her cousin, a 14-year-old shepherd" (para 6). This refers to an eight-year-old Bedouin girl (CAT - CODER COMMENT).
Dec. 17, 2020, 5:42 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"Earlier this week 19-year-old Fatemeh Barahi was beheaded by her husband after running away just two days into their forced marriage. The 23-year-old man, who was also his wife's cousin, handed himself into the Valiasr police station in Abadan, southwestern Iran, at around 10.30pm on Sunday, while holding a bloody knife" (para. 16-17).
Aug. 10, 2020, 5:56 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

“Nineteen-year-old ‘Nazia’ is typical of the young people helped by Sach. She was brought to Pakistan from the UK by her parents, ostensibly for a holiday. But when she arrived, they asked her to marry her cousin. When she refused, Ms Salimi said, ‘She was kept in solitary confinement for a couple of days without food.’ When she still refused to marry him, they gave her an overdose of pills, so that it would appear that she had taken her own life. However, her boyfriend in the UK had grown suspicious when he had not heard from her - and contacted the police” (para 10-12).
June 14, 2020, 8:43 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7, MARR-PRACTICE-8

"All this is too late for Mehnaz, who was married at 13 to her cousin in their tiny village" (para 19).
May 12, 2020, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"28% of ever-married women age 15-49 reported that they had married a relative" (pg 61). "According to the data, 4% of such marriages were dual first-cousin marriages (i.e., first cousins on both the father’s and mother’s side). Marriages between first cousins related only on the father’s side are more common than marriages between first cousins related only on the mother’s side (10% versus 6%). Nine percent of consanguineous marriages were marriages to second cousins or other relatives" (pg 63).
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRCM-DATA-2, MARR-PRACTICE-8

"Pakistan has a high rate of consanguineous marriages ... marriages to first cousins are common; 29% of women marry first cousins on their father’s side, and 21% marry first cousins on their mother’s side. Trends: The percentage of women in marriages to first cousins on the father’s side decreased from 32% in 2006-07 to 29% in 2017-18, but there was no change in marriages to first cousins on the mother’s side" (69).
Oct. 22, 2019, 1:55 p.m.
Countries: Equatorial Guinea
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7, MARR-PRACTICE-8, WR-PRACTICE-1, PW-PRACTICE-3

"Although not widespread, levirate marriage, the practice by which a man is required to marry his brother’s widow, occurred" (20).
Nov. 15, 2018, 3:37 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"Her life stretches ahead of her, yet at the age of just 18 she is already discussing with her family whether she should have an arranged marriage, and whether her future husband should be a cousin. For Hiba comes from the city’s British-Pakistani community, in which around 60 per cent of mothers are married to their cousins according, to a major academic study" (2, 3). "Relationships described as ‘consanguineous’ are those between couples who are at least second cousins or more closely related. The practice has been legal in Britain for more than 400 years, but is considered one of society’s last taboos. In British Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities, marriage...more
Oct. 3, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"Studies suggest that consanguineous marriages represent between 20-50% of all marriages in North Africa and the Middle East... Studies in Turkey and Lebanon have demonstrated a correlation between the prevalence of consanguineous marriage and the frequency of thalassemia” (7).
Oct. 3, 2018, 10:17 a.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"Studies suggest that consanguineous marriages represent between 20-50% of all marriages in North Africa and the Middle East... Studies in Turkey and Lebanon have demonstrated a correlation between the prevalence of consanguineous marriage and the frequency of thalassemia” (7).
Oct. 3, 2018, 10:14 a.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

“Like other parts of the Middle East and North Africa, Iran has a relatively high rate of consanguineous marriage, around 36.6%” (7).
Sept. 26, 2018, 10:41 a.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"Marriage between relatives can be challenged by any interested person or the public prosecutor at any time. And courts can invalidate such marriages at any time. These types of defects to marriage are considered incurable" (5). "Marriage between relatives by consanguinity in the direct line, as well as between brothers and sisters, uncles and nieces and aunts and nephews; and between relatives by affinity is prohibited. The NCCE has narrowed the prohibition on relatives by consanguinity in the collateral line to the above listed relatives. Relatives outside of this list can get married and this seems to be a compromise to accommodate followers of Islam, since Islam permits marriage between...more
May 30, 2018, 8:27 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

This article told the story of Khadija, an Afghan woman. About her, it is noted, "Even before she was born, Khadijah was engaged to her first cousin . . . Their fathers were brothers." The article intimates the practice of cousin marriage among cousins on the patrilineal side is quite common.
May 1, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"In Tunisia, the government mandates premarital counselling for all those betrothed to a relative" (para 8).
May 1, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Iraq, Kuwait, Yemen
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"In Egypt, around 40% of the population marry a cousin; the last survey in Jordan, admittedly way back in 1992, found that 32% were married to a first cousin; a further 17.3% were married to more distant relatives. Rates are thought to be even higher in tribal countries such as Iraq and the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait" (para 3).
May 1, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"In Egypt, around 40% of the population marry a cousin; the last survey in Jordan, admittedly way back in 1992, found that 32% were married to a first cousin; a further 17.3% were married to more distant relatives. Rates are thought to be even higher in tribal countries such as Iraq and the Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait" (para 3). "A small survey in Saudi Arabia found that participants were 50% less likely to view marrying a cousin positively when warned of the problems. 'We wouldn’t have married if we had known,' says Ahmed" (para 7).
May 1, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Jordan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"the last survey in Jordan, admittedly way back in 1992, found that 32% were married to a first cousin; a further 17.3% were married to more distant relatives" (para 3).
May 1, 2018, 3:52 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"In Egypt, around 40% of the population marry a cousin" (para 3). "Unlike in the West, there is no social stigma; quite the opposite. A 38-year-old Egyptian woman, who has two sons with micro-syndrome (which causes cataracts, small genitalia and learning difficulties) due to her marriage to a cousin, says relatives nonetheless criticise her for allowing her 18-year-old daughter to get engaged to a 'stranger'—the fiancé is not a relation" (para 5).
Nov. 3, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"Aisha was married to her cousin when she was just 15 years old" (para 1). "My aunt came to our house one day to ask for my sister’s hand in marriage for her son" (para 15).
Aug. 3, 2017, 3:26 p.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"21.06 As recorded by the website of the US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, accessed on 15 February 2008, 'Vietnamese law does not recognize common-law marriages. Authorities do issue certificates verifying cohabitation but these do not constitute legal marriages. Vietnamese law prohibits marriage between blood siblings, half siblings, first cousins or any two persons related closer than three degrees of separation. The legal age for marriage is 20 for men, 18 for women... Divorce records are maintained by the courts where they were issued'” (42)
Nov. 17, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"In recent years, considerable attention has been devoted to preventing early, child marriages. On 16 December 2011, the Committee on Labour and Social Issues of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan conducted a round table on the topic 'The Prevention of Early, Child Marriages and Consanguineous Marriages ― Guarantee of a Healthy Lifestyle', which generated recommendations aimed at strengthening awareness-raising regarding the protection of the reproductive health of women among persons getting married and youth, as well as information campaigns addressing prevention of early, child marriages and clarification of provisions of the Family Code and other legislative acts involving liability for violation of the...more
Nov. 17, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Countries: Uzbekistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"A total of 8,891 'Parents’ University' classes were created in the makhallyas for awareness-raising with parents to increase legal literacy with regard to the eradication of early, child, and consanguineous marriages. In 2013, the Makhallya Fund, together with the Women’s Committee, the Kamolot Public Youth Movement and law enforcement authorities in the makhallyas, conducted 13,000 events on the topics 'The Negative Effects of Early Marriages', 'The Role of Women in Society', 'Women and the Political Process' and 'Women, Society and Politics', which attracted more than 950,000 participants, among them women and youth. The makhallyas created more than 7,000 public groups for organizing cultural education, conducted more than 20,000 awareness-raising educational...more
Nov. 14, 2016, 5:34 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8, PW-PRACTICE-3

"When her brother eloped with a cousin to marry for love, community elders decided that Fereshteh should be given as reimbursement to alleviate his family’s shame. She married her 27-year-old cousin, who already had a wife and children"(para 11)
Aug. 23, 2016, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

"Another type of arranged marriage is cross-cousin marriage, where a son will marry his maternal uncle’s daughter" (60).
May 10, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Countries: India, Niger, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, United States
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

“Approximately 0.2% of all marriages are consanguineous in the United States but in India 26.6% marriages are consanguineous, in Saudi Arabia the figure is 38.4% and in Niger, Pakistan and Sudan a majority of marriages are consanguineous” (1)
May 10, 2016, 6:22 p.m.
Countries: Niger
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-8

“Cousin marriage is also commonly practiced in Niger across ethnic groups although it is decreasing particularly in urban centers where there is more and more awareness about genetic health risks for children born of such unions” (921)
May 7, 2016, 11:30 a.m.
Countries: Montenegro
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7, MARR-PRACTICE-8

"The population of Montenegro has been influenced and shaped by some particular traditional customs through the history. This population had been divided in clans and practiced complementary endogamy. This term defines some kind of marital consensus in which men from one clan would take the bride from another particular clan and vice versa" (847)