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June-30-00

Forced Marriage Is A Violation Of Human Rights, Britain's Home Office Reports

Britain's Home Office Working Party released a report condemning the practice of forced marriage. Each year over 1,000 young British Asian women, often deceived by their families to return to Asia, are coerced into frequently abusive marriages. The working party's report rejects reaction to this practice as a "cultural issue" rather than a clear, unflinching violation of human rights: domestic violence and child abduction are crimes. The Working Party's report comes on the heels of a recent British High Court decision, which ruled that parents who take their daughters abroad to trap them into marriage are guilty of child abduction.

Media Resources: The Independent June 29 2000