Statement Article from  Global Affairs Canada

Canada welcomes Philippines' accession to the Hague Child Abduction Convention

March 17, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs), today issued the following statement welcoming the Government of the Philippines’ accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction:

“We welcome the Philippines’ announced accession to the Convention, and stand ready to share our expertise.

“Canadian parents suffer incredible loss and pain when their children are abducted and removed to another country. International abduction cases are very complex in nature and frequently deal with conflicting justice systems. As such, the Convention is the foundation for the peaceful and orderly resolution of these cases, facilitating the prompt return of children to the state of their habitual residence.

“The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an important mechanism that we will continue to promote actively in order to assist more families facing issues of international child abduction.

“Canada looks forward to continuing to work with the Philippines, with the aim of making the Convention operational between the two countries.”

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