Archive for the 'forced marriages' Category

Edirin Onogeta-Idogun mother jailed over ‘missing’ son – BBC News

“A London woman who sent her teenage son to their native Nigeria because she disapproved of his lifestyle has been jailed for eight months.”

Full story

BBC News, 14th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

R (Aguilar Quila) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe and another intervening); R (Bibi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

R (Aguilar Quila) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Advice on Individual Rights in Europe and another intervening); R (Bibi) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2010] EWCA Civ 1482; [2010] WLR (D) 341

“R 277 of the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, which prevented entry clearance to a party to a marriage where one spouse was a United Kingdom citizen and either party was aged under 21 years, was a disproportionate inhibition on family and private life and on the right to marry, guaranteed by arts 8 and 12 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.”

WLR Daily, 22nd December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Forced marriage law not being used enough – BBC News

“Laws introduced to stop forced marriages are not being used widely enough and social workers’ efforts to tackle the issue are also being hampered, according to experts.”

Full story

BBC News, 17th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

More forced marriage protection orders than expected issued in first year – Ministry of Justice

“More people have been protected by Forced Marriage Protection Orders than originally expected in their first year of operation, show figures released today.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 25th November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

New law saves 86 victims from forced marriages – The Independent

“But experts warn that the impetus behind the new legislation and police training on ‘honour’ killings is in danger of slowing.”

Full story

The Independent, 22nd November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Revealed: Government’s ‘heartless’ treatment of forced marriage victims – The Independent

“British citizens who have been forced into marriages overseas are being asked to cover the costs of their repatriation to the UK, The Independent has learnt.”

Full story

The Independent, 9th November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Local authorities and voluntary organisations newly equipped in the front-line fight against forced marriage – Ministry of Justice

“The issuing of protection orders for those at risk of forced marriage will be more responsive to the needs of victims under new powers which come into force today.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 2nd November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Police changes target ‘honour’ crimes – The Independent

“Hundreds more so-called honour crimes could be recorded by police under a drive to bring offenders to justice.”

Full story

The Independent, 22nd September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Newly wed couple faces 18-month separation under Forced Marriages Act – The Guardian

“MPs have taken up the case of two young newlyweds who are being forced apart as an unintended consequence of a new immigration law aimed at protecting Asian women from forced marriages.”

Full story

The Guardian, 24th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judges back Muslim groups in condemnation of forced marriage – The Times

“Senior family judges have joined Muslim leaders in condemning forced marriage as intolerable and a gross abuse of human rights.”

Full story

The Times, 4th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Woman uses new forced marriage laws against father – The Independent

“A 22-year-old woman has used new legislation to protect herself from being married against her will in Pakistan.”

Full story

The Independent, 10th February 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Forced wedding GP seeks annulment – BBC News

“An NHS doctor who claimed she was forced into a marriage in Bangladesh is seeking an annulment to the union in the British courts.”

Full story

BBC News, 19th December 2008

Source:  www.bbc.co.uk

New laws against forced marriages – BBC News

“Laws to prevent forced marriages and protect those who have already fallen victim have been introduced in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Forced Marriage Act and relevant third parties – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice has made a statement on the government’s response to a consultation on third party applications on behalf of victims of forced marriages.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 13th November 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Marriage visa age to rise later this month – UK Border Agency

“The age at which someone can apply for a marriage visa will increase from 18 to 21 from the end of this month, the Government announced today.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 4th November 2008

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Marriage visa age raised to 21 in bid to tackled forced weddings – Daily Telegraph

“The minimum age at which foreigners can come to Britain to get married is being increased in a new bid to tackle forced marriages.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Witness plan for ‘honour’ cases – BBC News

“Police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being urged to review their witness protection schemes to help combat ‘honour crimes’.”

Full story

BBC News, 22nd October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Forced Marriage Act court rules – consultation response – Ministry of Justice

“The government has responded to a consultation on draft court rules for the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007.”

Full response

Ministry of Justice, 30th September 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Disabled youngsters forced into marriage to provide passports – The Independent

“Scores of young people with learning disabilities are being forced into marriages, The Independent on Sunday can reveal.”

Full story

The Independent, 27th July 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Forced marriages crackdown sees teenage brides barred from UK – Daily Telegraph

“The age at which young people already based in Britain can sponsor a visa for an overseas spouse is also being raised, from 18 to 21.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 23rd July 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The family killings that have no ‘honour’ – The Times

“How is the Government helping those involved in the often deadly world of forced marriages? MPs are reporting on their inquiry today.”

Full story

The Times, 12th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Successful visa appeals mean courts give green light to forced marriages – The Times

“British courts are overturning decisions taken by immigration officers that would have protected men and women from being forced into marriage.”

Full story

The Times, 26th March 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Forced marriage an evil in our society – Bridget Prentice – Ministry of Justice

“Forced marriage is an appalling and indefensible practice that the government is working hard to stop, Justice Minister Bridget Prentice said today.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 11th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Call for male forced wedding help – BBC News

“The government has agreed to look into funding the UK’s first male-only refuge for victims of forced marriage.”

Full story

BBC News, 2nd February 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 – Court Rules – Ministry of Justice

“This consultation seeks responses on the draft court rules for the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007. It is primarily aimed at professional court users and those with knowledge of family court rules.”

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 – Court Rules – consultation paper (PDF)

Questionnaire (Word)

Ministry of Justice, 31st January 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Judge warns on Britain’s forced marriage toll – Daily Telegraph

“Official statistics on forced marriage reflect only the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of a much larger problem in Britain, a district judge has warned.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th January 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Girl found dead in river “had feared a forced marriage” – The Guardian

“The parents of a 17-year-old girl whose badly decomposed body was found in a river may have been trying to force her into marriage against her will, an inquest heard yesterday.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th January 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Women’s groups may get power to rescue “brides” from wedlock – The Times

“Teachers, social workers, women’s rights groups and local councils may be given the power to stop forced marriages, under government plans to protect vulnerable teenagers.”

Full story

The Times, 4th January 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

New forced marriage power planned – BBC News

“Campaigners may be able to go to court to stop a forced marriage without the permission of a victim.”

Full story

BBC News, 13th December 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 – relevant third party – Ministry of Justice

“The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 enables applications by a relevant third party on behalf of a victim of forced marriage. This consultation asks for responses on what need there is for relevant third parties, who should act, and what safeguards might be needed.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 12th December 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Autumn date for forced marriages law – Ministry of Justice

“Justice Minister Bridget Prentice says that a law that protects victims and potential victims of forced marriage will come into effect next autumn.”

Press release

Ministry of Justice, 28th November 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Related link: The Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007

Tory plan to curb forced marriages – The Observer

“A crackdown on forced marriages, in which young British Asian women are coerced into marrying mainly Pakistani men, is to be proposed by the Tories next week.”

Full story

The Observer, 12th August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 published

Full text of Act

Source: www.opsi.go.uk

New law to prevent forced marriage – Ministry of Justice

“Legislation aimed at protecting the victims of forced marriages and preventing them from taking place has received Royal Assent, the Ministry of Justice announced today.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice press release, 26th July 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Honour crimes units to be piloted – BBC News

“Specialist teams are to be set up around England to help deal with any so-called “honour crimes” and offences arising from forced marriages.”

Full story

BBC News, 20th June 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Special units to crack down on honour killing – The Guardian

“Dedicated teams of senior prosecutors are to be deployed in the UK’s honour killing hotspots in the wake of the failings exposed this week by the case of a young Kurdish woman murdered by her family.”

Full story

The Guardian, 16th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Dishonourable acts – The Guardian

“Banaz Mahmod was murdered by her family. Each year, 12 British women like her die in ‘honour’ killings. Why aren’t we doing more to save them?” 

Full story

The Guardian, 13th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government supports law to prevent forced marriage – Ministry of Justice

“The Government today pledged its support for legislation aimed at protecting the victims of forced marriages and preventing them from taking place.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 10th May 2007

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Government unit saves 11-year-old from forced marriage in Dhaka – The Guardian

“The government’s forced marriage unit has rescued an 11-year-old British girl whose parents married her to a Bangladeshi man in Dhaka, it has emerged.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th May 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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