Will criminalising forced marriage see an end to the practice?

Human Rights Journal

As forced marriage is set to become a specific prosecutable criminal offence in the UK, the question now is whether there will be a reduction in forced marriage occurrences within the UK or if criminalising forced marriage may silence victims further. This article provides an outlook on forced marriage in the UK specifically, and provides an analysis on the current and future legal position of forced marriage.

First, it’s important to distinguish between a ‘forced’ and ‘arranged’ marriage. There is often a misconception that both equate to the same thing, however, this is incorrect. The greatest distinction is that forced marriages are in effect, a form of slavery and a human rights violation. Promulgated within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is Art.16 (2) Forced marriage is a violation of internationally recognised human rights standards. Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending…

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