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Child Abduction and Custody (Parties to Convention) (Amendment) Order 2014 gazetted

     The Child Abduction and Custody (Parties to Convention) (Amendment) Order 2014 made by the Chief Executive under Section 4 of the Child Abduction and Custody Ordinance was gazetted today (October 17).

     The Amendment Order serves to add the Principality of Andorra (Andorra), the Republic of Korea (Korea), the Kingdom of Morocco (Morocco), the Russian Federation (Russia) and Japan to the list of Contracting States in the Child Abduction and Custody (Parties to Convention) Order (Chapter 512A), so as to implement the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Convention) between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the aforementioned States.

     A spokesperson for the Labour and Welfare Bureau said, "The Convention provides an effective international mechanism for the swift return of children wrongfully removed from their place of habitual residence to another Contracting State in violation of custodial rights. The Convention is now in force in 92 Contracting States."

     He pointed out that the Central People's Government accepted the accession of Andorra, Korea, Morocco and Russia to the Convention on behalf of HKSAR in November 2013. With Japan ratifying the Convention in January 2014, the Convention has also entered into force between HKSAR and Japan.

     In accordance with the requirements of the Convention, the Amendment Order specifies February 1, 2014 and April 1, 2014 as the respective dates on which the Convention came into force between the HKSAR and Andorra, Korea, Morocco and Russia; and between the HKSAR and Japan.

Ends/Friday, October 17, 2014
Issued at HKT 11:30


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