Sweden – Sweden Takes Measures To Combat Child Marriage And ‘Honor Crimes’

Stronger Protection Against Child Marriage, Forced Marriage And ‘Honor’ Crimes 

Grundsund, Västra Götaland county (Sweden)

The Government has given Justice of the Supreme Court Mari Heidenborg the task of reviewing how protection against child marriage, forced marriage and ‘honor’ crimes can be strengthened.

Despite the legislative amendments introduced in 2014, most evidence indicates that the incidence of child marriage and forced marriage has increased in Sweden. This is why it is crucial that we evaluate legislation in these areas.

The inquiry remit includes analyzing and taking a position on how the possibilities of recognizing child marriages contracted abroad should be further restricted. Application of the penalty provisions on forced marriage and luring someone to travel abroad with the purpose of forcing them to enter into marriage will be evaluated and the Inquiry Chair will take a position on whether the provisions should be amended.

The Inquiry Chair will also look at how relevant government agencies are working and cooperating on crime in these areas. Moreover, the Inquiry has been tasked with reviewing whether special grounds for tougher penalties should be introduced for ‘honor’ crimes.

“Forced marriage and child marriage must be combated. Children who have entered into marriage abroad must feel that society is on their side. People who commit ‘honor’ crimes must be sentenced and these crimes must be judged severely,” says Minister for Justice and Migration Morgan Johansson.

“This is about the right to an education, choosing who you want to have a loving relationship with and how you want to shape your life. In combination with the remit we recently gave to the National Board of Health and Welfare, this Inquiry will produce stronger guidance for the municipalities. Our starting point is clear: children must not be married, and they must not be treated or considered as such either,” says Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality Åsa Regnér.

The part of the remit concerning the recognition of child marriages contracted abroad is to be presented in an interim report by 6 December 2017. The final report is to be submitted by 1 September 2018.

[Source: Government of Sweden/Press Secretary to Minister for Justice and Migration -/- Media Relations]

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