UN HUMAN RIGHTS – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION ON CHILD, EARLY AND FORCED MARRIAGE How states are implementing their obligation under international human rights conventions and international human rights treaties on child, early and forced marriage at the national level;
The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and it supplementary Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, whichaddress slavery and slavery‑like practices. Australia considers forced marriage a slavery‑like practice.
The Universal Declaration on Human Rights, which provides that ‘marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.’
The Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery 1956, which prohibits any institution or practice whereby a woman, without the right to refuse, is promised or given in marriage on payment of a consideration in money or in kind to her parents, guardian, family or any other person or group.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which provides that no marriage shall be entered into without the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which requires States Parties to eliminate discrimination against women in all matters relating to marriage and family relations and provides that the ‘betrothal and the marriage of a child shall have no legal effect, and all necessary action, including legislation, shall be taken to specify a minimum age for marriage and to make the registration of marriages in an official registry compulsory’, and