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Pakistan signs up to Hague Convention on international child abduction

On March 1st 2017 Pakistan became the 96th contracting state to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

This makes it easier for a parent to seek the return of an abducted child to the country of origin, so that the case is considered by a court in the country where the child is habitually resident.  This applies whenever agreement has not been reached between parents, as in the recent Scottish case where a child has been returned to Australia  because the mother had wrongly retained the child in Scotland.

Although the number of countries abiding by the Convention is still growing, it does not apply in many African and Middle Eastern countries.


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.