Friday, January 14, 2011
Seelinger on Forced Marriage and Asylum
Kim Thuy Seelinger of the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies has published an article called, "Forced Marriage and Asylum: Perceiving the Invisible Harm," 42 Colum. Human Rts. L. Rev. 55 (Fall 2010). In it, Kim notes that forced marriage as persecution has largely gone unaddressed. In reality, however, she says "such marriages deprive countless women of the fundamental right to freely consent to marriage, and are frequently accompanied by myriad forms of physical and non-physical abuse. As such, forced marriage should be considered a form of persecution under international and domestic refugee law."