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Brussels, 20 May 2011
Statement by Vice President Viviane Reding, EU Justice Commissioner, on Japan's move to sign the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction
“Today’s news that Japan is taking steps to sign the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a very positive development,” said EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding.
“I have repeatedly encouraged the Japanese authorities over the past year to join the Convention. The Convention ensures the prompt return of children who have been abducted from their country of habitual residence or wrongfully retained in a contracting state that has joined it. The EU welcomes the fact that the Japanese government intends to draft domestic laws in line with the Convention, which provides a procedure for the prompt return of ‘abducted’ children to their habitual country of residence and protects parental access rights. When international marriages break down, it’s essential that we all work together in the child’s best interest. By signing the convention, Japan will make a real difference in children’s lives.”