Human Rights

EP cmte calls for ban on child marriages

BRUSSELS, The European Parliament’s (EP) Foreign Affairs committee Wednesday called on the European Union (EU) and third countries to ban child marriages, in a report adopted with 44 votes against 2.

The report notes that some EU Member States still allow marriage at 16 if there is parental consent and ask for a minimum and harmonised marriage age of 18 years.

The EP urges EU Member States to extend the proposed legislation also to migrants and to non-EU citizens living in the EU.

It also asks the European Commission to create a European database, including information from third countries, to monitor forced marriage.

The reports says that lack of respect for women and girls, stereotypes, traditions and honour-based violence are some of the reasons behind child marriage.

The EU must assume a leading role in promoting dialogue with the countries and the communities more affected in order to counter these harmful traditions, it says.

Source: Kuwait News Agency