Petitions on international child abduction in Japan: Debate – 19.02.2020

20-02-2020 - 16:38
Unhappy family and child custody battle concept sketched on sticky note paper Unhappy family and child custody battle concept sketched on sticky note paper
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At the meeting of 19 February 2020, the Committee examined a series of petitions on parental child abduction in Japan. The petitioners point out that Japanese legislation makes no provision for shared custody, visiting rights or the right of access to their children for non-Japanese parents. They argue that Japan is in breach of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, which it ratified in 2014, and the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.