The National Council has voted by 128 votes to 51 in favour of the the Federal Council's tougher measures to combat forced marriages and marriages under age 18.

The measures would apply equally whether the marriage ceremony takes place within Swiss borders or in another country, and whether the marriage is a heterosexual or homosexual union.

The measures mean it would no longer be up to the victim alone to report the forced marriage but also anyone who suspects it.

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