Request for information on child, early and forced marriage

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  1. 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;

Australia’s international obligations

Australia has ratified several international instruments that prohibit forced marriage, including:

  • The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and it supplementary Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, which address 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

  • The Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Directory: Documents -> Issues -> Women -> WRGS -> ForcedMarriage
ForcedMarriage -> Home Office Consultation (December 2011) on the Criminalisation of Forced Marriage Response by Southall Black Sisters March 2012
WRGS -> Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (ohchr) report on Child, Early and Forced marriage
ForcedMarriage -> Forced marriage in england and wales: challenges, achievements, best practices and implementation gaps
ForcedMarriage -> Information on practice in the Republic of Latvia1
WRGS -> Canadian efforts to address child, early and forced marriage Report for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on progress towards ending child, early and forced marriage worldwide
ForcedMarriage -> Canadian efforts to address child, early and forced marriage December 2013 Context A. Shared Responsibilities

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