United States and Pakistan to Become Partners under Hague Abduction Convention

The Department is pleased to announce that on July 1, 2020, the United States accepted Pakistan’s accession to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (the Convention). The Convention will enter into force between the United States and Pakistan on October 1, 2020, and will put in place an internationally recognized legal framework to resolve cases of parental child abduction between our two countries. As partners, we will enhance our shared commitment to protecting children and open a new chapter in the vibrant U.S.-Pakistan relationship.

Preventing and resolving cases of international parental child abduction is one of the Department’s highest priorities. The Convention is a vital tool to deter international abduction and secure the return of abducted children. It provides a mechanism under civil law in either country for parents seeking the return of children who have been wrongfully removed from or retained outside of their country of habitual residence in violation of custodial rights. Parents seeking access to children in treaty partner countries may also invoke the Convention. The Convention addresses where child custody issues should be decided.

The United States now has 80 partners under the Convention. The Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues serves as the Central Authority for the United States under the Convention. We look forward to welcoming Pakistan as a new partner in this global effort to address international parental child abduction.

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