Severe restrictions on freedom of marriage put Israel alongside countries that are among the worst offenders of violating marriage rights, according to Worldwide Freedom of Marriage Project released by the Hiddush – Freedom of Religion for Israel association ahead of the “wedding season,” which begins on the Jewish Holiday of Lag B’Omer.
A comprehensive study conducted in 194 countries (including most United Nations member countries) revealed that freedom of marriage (grade 2) or a status close to freedom of marriage exists in 48% of them (93 countries). Fifty-six countries (29%) received the grade of “1,” reflecting limited freedom of marriage.
Forty-five countries (23%), including Israel, received the grade of “0″, which represents severe restrictions on freedom of marriage.
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