Launch of SYR film ‘Life In The UK’
and Research Report on Forced Marriage
The House of Lords
17 May 2011 at 18:15 Hr.
Chaired by Lord Ahmed
1. On 17 May 2011, SYR will be hosting an event at the House of Lords to launch its film ‘Life in the UK’ and to present the research paper which it has commissioned on forced marriage. The event will be chaired by Lord Ahmed. In addition to the attendance of our many distinguished guests and volunteers, we are particularly honored to have in attendance Lord Husain, Lord Dubs, Dr. Nazia Khanum OBE, and Chaz Akoshile, incoming Joint Head of the government’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU). In addition, Lord Sheikh, Rushanara Ali MP, Anas Sarwar MP and H. E / representative of Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Canada are expected to attend.
2. Forced marriage is an abuse of human rights and a fundamental wrong. It is not lawful in the UK. However, many young people living in this country are forced into marriages against their will every year. In 2009, the FMU dealt with over 1600 cases. The creation of the FMU and the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 are important measures to stop this abuse from occurring.
Unfortunately, for many of those threatened by forced marriage, legal remedies are often remote and difficult to access. Victims can be vulnerable and may also be at risk from honour-based violence. Many are under intense pressure from their families and communities to be complicit to the marriage. Some may also fear that taking legal action will not assist them. Furthermore, if any legal interventions are to be effective, they must be supported not only by active community engagement, but by changes in society.
3. During 2010 – 2011 SYR’s major project was the production of a docu-drama film, kindly funded by the Big Lottery and supported by Diverse FM, Ashuk Ahmed MBE and many others. The film, which deals with various aspects of forced marriage in the human context, is educational in nature and, as such, is primarily designed for the use of agencies, schools, community organisations and the like.
4. 2010, SYR commissioned a research and ethics team to compile a research paper, ‘A Critique of the Legal Procedural Framework of Forced Marriages in the UK and the Way Forward.’ The paper examines the development of the law on forced marriage and considers developments in the wake of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007. It goes on to make recommendations for future developments in the area.
5. Both the report and the docu-drama will be presented at the launch event at the House of Lords. Limited tickets are available for the event for the media. Interested individuals or organisations should request tickets from firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies of the report and DVD can be collected at the event or can be obtained afterwards by contacting SYR.
Notes to the editors:
Save Your Rights (SYR) is a registered human rights charity (No - 1130378). SYR the campaign committed to ending forced marriages, working in the UK and many other countries.
This press release is published on 6th May 2011 and on behalf of SYR secretary Miss. Lynne Townley (LLB (Hons), LLM, Barrister-at-law). For further information about this event and any media enquiry, please write to us for the attention of M Islam, project director to email@example.com
· Tickets are limited and will be given on SYR priority basis.
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