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Act Now to Oppose Russian Resolution on Traditional Values: Universality of Human Rights at Stake!

September 6, 2012

At the current session of the UN Human Rights Council, Russia has tabled a resolution seeking to promote “traditional values” as a basis for human rights. Numerous UN experts have emphasised that traditional values are frequently invoked by States to justify human rights violations, such as family violence, marital rape, and forced marriage. A preliminary report of the Advisory Committee is highly critical of a traditional values approach to human rights, calling traditional values “vague, subjective and unclear” and noting that “those most marginalized and disenfranchised have the most to lose from a traditional values approach to human rights”.

After Malawi’s new marriage law: what next to end child marriage?

April 20, 2015

Last week, the Parliament of Malawi adopted a law that, for the very first time, sets the minimum age of marriage from 16 to 18 years old. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill has been hailed as a step forward for Malawi, where 50% of girls are married off before 18. Girls Not Brides spoke to Ephraim Chimwaza, Programme Manager at the Centre for Social Concern and Development (CESOCODE) in Malawi, to find out what needs to happen for this new law to make a real difference on child marriage.

UN human rights experts set out countries’ obligations to tackle harmful practices such as FGM and forced marriage

December 12, 2014

GENEVA (5 November 2014) – For the first time, two UN human rights expert committees have joined forces to issue a comprehensive interpretation of the obligations of States to prevent and eliminate harmful practices inflicted on women and girls, such as female genital mutilation, crimes committed in the name of so-called honour, forced and child marriage, and polygamy.

Preventing and eliminating child, early and forced marriage - Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

July, 2014

Summary

Taking into consideration information received from States, United Nations agencies, civil society groups and other relevant stakeholders, the report discusses the international norms and standards applicable to child, early and forced marriage and the human rights impact of the practice on women and girls. The report addresses the various factors that contribute to child, early and forced marriage and further analyses existing measures and strategies to prevent and eliminate child, early and forced marriage with a particular focus on challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps.

Too Young to Wed: The Growing Problem of Child Marriage Among Syrian Girls in Jordan

July, 2014

War in Syria has killed more than 10,000 children.  More than 1 million more have fled the country in fear, while millions more have been displaced inside Syria. This briefing looks at a disturbing but less publicised impact of the crisis: the increase in the numbers of girls who have been forced to marry.

 

To read the full report by Save the Children please download the attached pdf.

New UN Report: Child, Early and Forced Marriage

April, 2014

To view the full report in English, French, or Arabic, please download the pdf.

The Human Rights Council requested the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to prepare a report, in consultation with States, United Nations agencies, funds and programmes, civil society and other relevant stakeholders, on preventing and eliminating child, early and forced marriage, with a particular focus on challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps.

Child Marriage Around the World

April 10, 2014

Child marriage is a truly globla problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions, and ethnicities.  Child brides can be found in every region in the world from the Middle East to Latin American, South Asia to Europe. 

Child marriage: 20 highest-prevalence countries in the world (%)

Girls 'Treated as Cattle': Child Brides Divide Pakistan

April 2, 2014

BY WAJAHAT S. KHAN AND HENRY AUSTIN

LAMABAD, Pakistan -- A proposed law seeking tough new penalties for marrying children has triggered intense debate in Pakistan.

At the moment, females can legally tie the knot at 16 while males must wait until they are 18. However, it is customary for younger teen girls to be married by their families in some parts of the country. Girls are also sometimes offered as compensation to end feuds between families.

Tougher Action Urged on Kazakstan "Bride-Theft"

March 20, 2014
Lawmaker says tougher methods needed to deal with “traditional” abductions.
 
20 Feb 14 - A proposal to toughen legislation on the practice of “bride stealing” in Kazakstan has reignited debate on a practice that has proved difficult to tackle. Svetlana Romanovskaya, a member of parliament from the ruling Nur Otan party, wants to see stricter measures to criminalise abductions that lead to forced marriages.

Iraq: Don’t Legalize Marriage for 9-Year-Olds

March 14, 2014

Draft Law Huge Step Back for Women, Girls, says Human Rights Watch 

MARCH 12, 2014

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