SLTribune, 9/6/2011"It's AG Mark Shurtleff's policy not to go after 'consenting' adult plural marriages."
"... there have been no arrests or prosecutions for the mere practice of polygamy in Utah in over 50 years"
Right to Protection
"The United States has an international legal obligation to protect individuals from violence perpetrated by the state and by private actors. Unfortunately...because public officials turn a blind eye to victims of private abuse, the United States sometimes fails those who seek and deserve government protection.
In so doing, it violates basic human rights and erodes public safety by making it less likely that victims will seek justice when they believe they will be met with abusive treatment, inaction, or indifference."
Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Human Rights Article 5
No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Human Rights Article 8
Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.
Human Rights Article 9
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Human Rights Article 12
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.
Human Rights Article 17
(1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.
Human Rights Article 16
(1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
(2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses. (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.
Human Rights Article 18
Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Adults Abused by Clergy
"The harm caused by a religious organization that negligently or recklessly permits sexual assault, harassment or abuse is no different from the harm generated by a secular entity and it can be worse.
A number of religious organizations have proven themselves incapable of ending cycles of abuse by themselves. Therefore civil and criminal laws are the only effective means of protecting the vulnerable."
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