Monday, October 26

Somalian Parliament to legalize child marriage

A Bill allegedly sneaked in by the Human Rights Committee in the Lower House seeking to legalise child marriage in Somalia has attracted sharp condemnation from the international and sparked uproar in the country.

The UN led the voices of condemnation against the proposals which would entrench child marriages into law after it emerged a parliamentary committee had shelved the cabinet drafter Sexual Offenses Bill and fronted one which contained the offending clause.

“The UN and other partners in Somalia have expressed concern to Parliament Speaker Mursal about attempts to table a deeply-flawed new bill that allows child marriage and contravenes relevant international conventions,” UNSOM reacted.

Former Security Minister and MP Abdirizak Mohamed blew the whistle Friday noting the Human Rights Committee of the House had initiated a parallel which sought to make it lawful to conduct child marriages in Somalia. The Sexual Offenses Bill which was tabled by the cabinet in 2019 and is yet to be passed criminalized child marriages alongside other offenses against women and children such as forced marriages and female genital mutilation.

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