"This sobering image, showing a 40-year-old groom sitting beside his 11-year-old future bride in Afghanistan, brought Stephanie Sinclair top honors in the annual Photo of the Year contest sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)." Source- Spiegel
Where do we draw the line between accepted cultural practices and violation of basic human rights? Whose moral compass do we follow? Their country, their laws? Our beliefs forced on them? Neither sounds like a promising option.
If an international body, such as the UN, supplied benefits to its members provided they follow universal laws regarding children, would the dreaded "where would they stop? Where would they draw the line?" argument rear its decidedly inevitable head? Would they fear that the UN would go on to require members to only buy Coke products if they mandated laws against marriage with children? People love making the 'slippery slope' argument. It induces a comforting level of hysteria.
I don't know enough about the UN, but Afghanistan is a member. Perhaps the UN isn't interested in rocking this boat? Perhaps the benefits the UN provides wouldn't be enough to sway the government? Obviously, there are plenty of other countries that are both members of the UN AND permit marriage of an adult to a minor, but this is the one example I'm looking at now.
Oh, and to all the freaky weird pedophiles who found this blog because of this particular post's title, you're going to be disappointed. Google analytics scares me sometimes. Because I have had the words "sex" and "children" in my blog- either in unrelated posts or together in a post exposing the exploitation of children- all sorts of disgusting searches have led weirdos here for a split second before they realize these aren't the posts they're looking for.