Non Hague Convention Countries Child Abduction

While in many countries no specific legislation or programs dealing with International Parental Child Abduction exists, however existing laws and general legal aid programs may be relevant. 

It is still that time of year when lots of families look toward booking holidays for the summer. Holidays abroad with your children can sometimes be tricky to negotiate if you and your child’s mother or father are divorced.

The non-signatory nation is not necessarily obliged to return the child to their country of origin. In reality it’s never done! Also, the parent who has removed the child will be subject to the family law system of the non-signatory nation, which might not provide a remedy. Recent case law on this subject has shown some of the complexities of taking children abroad to non-Hague Convention countries. If you’re planning such a trip and the other parent is likely to object, it’s worth bearing these in mind.

  • East Asia and the Pacific
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Liechtenstein
  • Moldova
  • Latin America and the Caribbean


  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Bolivia
  • Cuba
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Iran
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Tunisia
  • South Asia
  • India
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Kenya
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • São Tomé e Príncipe
  • Sudan
  • Uganda
  • Middle East
  • Bahrain
  • Egypt
  • Lebanon
  • Jordan
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Palestin
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Syria
  • Yemen
  • United Arab Emarites

And don’t think for one minute that countries who are signatures to the Hague Convention will return your child, in fact we find in many cases it’s EASIER to return illegally abducted children from countries who are not signatures to the Hague Convention…..

Most of the countries who are signatures protect their own including those who illegally abduct their own children and do not adhere to any of the rules governed by signing up to the Hague. To many victim parents make the biggest mistake in trusting the system that being The Hague Convention to return their children. They wait for on average 2 years and by that time it’s too late the courts will never return a child who has settled and who has become accustom to the new country. It’s the oldest trick in the book for the abducting parents legal representation to use…..”go and hide for over 12 months and the courts will never return your child.”

If you have any questions or concerns regarding International Parental Child Abduction feel free to contact CARI Child Abduction Recovery International 24/7. We are always available at or by calling our CEO Adam Whittington directly +46 707385598


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