Dying for the bonds of marriage : forced marriages as a weapon of genocide

O'Sullivan, Carmel (2011) Dying for the bonds of marriage : forced marriages as a weapon of genocide. Hastings Women's Law Journal, 22(2), pp. 271-294.

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‘Forced marriages’ involve a woman or girl being abducted and declared the ‘wife’ of her captor without her consent or her family’s consent. The practice generally occurs during wartime and the ‘wife’ is normally subjected to rape, forced impregnation and sexual slavery. Moreover, she is coerced into an intimate relationship with a man who is often the perpetrator of crimes against her and her community. While forced marriages have recently been recognised as a crime against humanity, this Article contends that this does not constitute full recognition of the destructive nature of forced marriages. Instead, this Article mirrors and extends the Akayesu decision that rape can be used as a tool of genocide and maintains that forced marriages can also be a form of genocide.

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ID Code: 57902
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Forced Marriages, Genocide
ISSN: 1061-0901
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Crime & Justice Research Centre
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Hastings College of the Law
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2013 23:35
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2013 05:02

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