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Child Abduction: progress in Pakistan and Japan

Ahmer Bilal SoofiIn future it may become easier to retrieve abducted children from Pakistan and Japan.

Pakistan's interim law minister Mr Ahmer Bilal Soofi has indicated that his government will ratify the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction.

In a speech concluding a day-long consultation, he said: "My ministry will examine it. We genuinely believe that this convention should be adopted."

The meeting heard that the number of child abduction cases has risen primarily due to the mass exodus of Pakistanis to foreign countries over the last few decades. It was said that 40 such cases had arisen in 2012 in the UK.

Japan has announced an abduction pilot scheme, in which an English-speaking lawyer will advise on the Japanese legal system.

It will help those involved in parental child abduction cases who reside outside of Japan.

The scheme will not provide advice on specific cases, but will advise on how to navigate through the Japanese legal system.


My Son, My Son

Douglas Galbraith's new book tells the story of how his children were abducted to Japan by his wife.  He hasn't seen them since they disappeared from his life in 2003. 

He returned home to St Andrews from a work trip to London to find the house empty and his four and sis year old sons gone. 

Legal moves to bring them back to Scotland were not successful, and this book records his frustration and loss.

As well as describing the profound impact of losing his children so suddenly, he explores the issues of relations between parents and children in a wide-ranging discussion, sub-titled "how one generation hurts the next".

He considers recent and historic cases of child abduction, and discusses a wide range of related issues in a thought-provoking study.