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A choice by right

The report of the working group on forced marriage

Forced marriage is an issue that is often misunderstood and misrepresented. The Working Group’s consultations showed a lack of understanding of what constitutes a forced marriage. From the outset the Working Group has been very clear that it is a marriage conducted without the valid consent of both parties, where duress is a factor. It is a violation of internationally recognised human rights standards and cannot be justified on religious or cultural grounds.