24 Sep '11, 5am

Kenyan fleeing forced marriage gets refugee status #VAW

Kenyan fleeing forced marriage gets refugee status #VAW

By Bae Ji-sook The Korea Herald/Asia News Network Saturday, Sep 24, 2011 An appellate court on Thursday granted refugee status to a Kenyan woman who fled her country to avoid marrying a man against her wishes as part of her tribe's custom. The Seoul High Court's administrative division ordered the Ministry of Justice to acknowledge the 43-year-old woman, known only by her initial "M," as a refugee since it is highly likely that she would be forced to marry a man against her will if she returns to the Luo tribe of Kenya. A local court made the same ruling last year. "Forcing a person to have sexual intercourse and marriage against one's will is deprivation of rights to make decisions on his/her own," said Judge Kim Eui-hwan. The case was filed when the ministry in 2009 rejected her refugee request. According to the file, M fled to Korea in May 2006 when her brothers-in-law ...

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