Forced marriage crime ruled out by ministers – BBC News

Posted September 14th, 2011 in forced marriages, news by tracey

“Ministers have ruled out creating a forced marriage crime, despite pressure from MPs to do so. In an interview for the BBC’s Asian Network, Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone said that it was not on the government’s agenda. The Home Affairs committee has called for an offence to complement court orders to protect potential victims.”

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BBC News, 14th September 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government launches consultation on family migration – UK Border Agency

Posted July 14th, 2011 in consultations, families, forced marriages, immigration, press releases by tracey

“The government has today announced proposals to crack down on sham and forced marriages, as part of a new consultation on better family migration.”

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UK Border Agency, 13th July 2011

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

MPs call for forced marriage to be made a criminal offence – The Guardian

Posted May 17th, 2011 in crime, forced marriages, news, reports by sally

“Forced marriage should be made a criminal offence to send a stronger message that it will not be tolerated, says a report by a cross-party group of MPs today, which criticises the lack of progress by successive governments on the issue.”

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The Guardian, 17th May 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Posted February 15th, 2011 in contempt of court, forced marriages, injunctions, news, sentencing by sally

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

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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

Posted January 4th, 2011 in forced marriages, human rights, immigration, law reports, marriage by sally

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

Posted December 17th, 2009 in forced marriages, news, social services by sally

“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.”

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BBC News, 17th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Posted November 25th, 2009 in forced marriages, news by sally

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

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Ministry of Justice, 25th November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

New law saves 86 victims from forced marriages – The Independent

Posted November 23rd, 2009 in forced marriages, news, police by sally

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

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The Independent, 22nd November 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Posted November 9th, 2009 in forced marriages, news, victims by sally

“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.”

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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

Posted November 2nd, 2009 in forced marriages, news by sally

“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.”

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Ministry of Justice, 2nd November 2009

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Police changes target ‘honour’ crimes – The Independent

Posted September 22nd, 2009 in domestic violence, forced marriages, news by sally

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

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The Independent, 22nd September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

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

Posted July 24th, 2009 in forced marriages, immigration, news by sally

“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.”

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The Guardian, 24th July 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

Posted April 6th, 2009 in forced marriages, news by sally

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

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The Times, 4th April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Woman uses new forced marriage laws against father – The Independent

Posted February 10th, 2009 in forced marriages, news by sally

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

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The Independent, 10th February 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Forced wedding GP seeks annulment – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2008 in forced marriages, news by sally

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

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BBC News, 19th December 2008

Source:  www.bbc.co.uk

New laws against forced marriages – BBC News

Posted November 25th, 2008 in forced marriages, news by sally

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

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BBC News, 25th November 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Forced Marriage Act and relevant third parties – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 13th, 2008 in forced marriages, news by sally

“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.”

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Ministry of Justice, 13th November 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

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

Posted November 5th, 2008 in forced marriages, marriage, press releases, visas by sally

“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.”

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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

Posted November 5th, 2008 in forced marriages, immigration, news by sally

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

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Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Witness plan for ‘honour’ cases – BBC News

Posted October 22nd, 2008 in domestic violence, forced marriages, Islam, news, witnesses by sally

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

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BBC News, 22nd October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk