Lantos Human Rights Commission calls on President Obama and Secretary Clinton to meet with left-behind parents and to address the issue of International Child Abductions.
Australia, Canada, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, The United Kingdom, and The United States call on Japan to address the abduction crisis.
Remarks by Michele Bond, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Overseas Citizens Services at Symposium on International Child Abduction at the US Embassy Tokyo.
(Released at the Joint Press Conference, U.S. Embassy Tokyo, May 21, 2009)
When one parent abducts a child with the intention of denying the other parent contact with his or her child, it is a tragedy for all concerned. Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States are all parties to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (“the Convention”), which was created to protect children from this tragedy.