Archive for September 2013

Marriage Law of American Citizens Abroad – Validity of Foreign Marriages

mariegeIn general, unless the marriage breaks the laws of the United States, marriages legally performed and valid abroad are also legally valid in the United States. Questions about the validity of a marriage abroad should be directed to the Attorney General of the United States where the parties to the marriage live.

American diplomatic and consular officers are NOT permitted to perform marriages (Title 22, Code of Federal Regulations 52.1). Marriages abroad are almost always performed by local (foreign) civil or religious officials.

As a rule, marriages are not performed in place of U.S. embassies abroad or consulate. Validities marriage does not depending presence of U.S. diplomatic or consular officer, but upon adherence to the laws of the country where the marriage is done. Consular officers can authenticate foreign marriage documents. Costs for document authentication are approximately $ 32.00.

Embassy or tourist information bureau in the country where the marriage will be done is the best source of information about marriage in the country. Read the rest of this entry »

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Provisions of Law or Human Rights Instruments

humanJohn Locke, political thinkers from Britain, declared that all men are created equal and have natural rights that cannot be released, natural rights that include rights to life, freedom, property rights and the rights of happiness. John Locke’s thought is known as the concept of human rights is very influential on the development of human rights in different parts of the world.

Recognition of human rights (Human Rights) constitutionally established first in the United States in 1776 with “Unanimous Declaration of Independence”, and it is used as an example for the French national assembly when received declarations of human rights and citizens (Declaration des droits de l’homme et de Citoyen) August 26, 1789.

The world body UN (United Nations) also introduced the notion of human rights that we can get in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Universal Declaration of Human Rights / UDHR). Universal Declaration is a common statement of the inherent dignity and human freedom and equality that should exist in the understanding of human rights.

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