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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:00 pm on 4th December 2008.

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Photo of Alex Fergusson Alex Fergusson None 5:00 pm, 4th December 2008

The sixth question is, that motion S3M-3011, in the name of Stewart Maxwell, on forced marriages, be agreed to.

Motion agreed to.

That the Parliament recognises the right of every person to choose whom to marry without fear of physical, emotional or psychological abuse; recognises that forced marriage is a violation of internationally recognised human rights and a form of violence against women and has no place in Scotland; makes a clear distinction between arranged marriages to which both parties have freely consented, and which are an established and accepted practice, and forced marriage; welcomes the Scottish Government's consultation that asks whether forced marriage civil legislation is required and provides an opportunity to consider what more can be done to help those affected in Scotland and to ensure our communities are safer, stronger and fairer places for all; acknowledges the work of the Forced Marriage Network in tackling this issue, and supports continued efforts to assist those affected, raise awareness of the impact of forced marriage and to end this terrible practice.