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Research into Child Abduction and Custody Laws in the Muslim World

The majority of Muslim countries are not signatories to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and, consequently, there are not the same mechanisms to facilitate dialogue and rapid resolution of abduction issues. This can result in longer and more complicated cases, which may cause increased harm to the child involved. In some cases children are denied the right, established in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, to maintain contact with both parents.

We undertook a 2-year research project to increase the efficiency in dealing with child abduction cases to and from Muslim countries by gathering together in one place key information relating to child abduction and custody issues involving Non-Hague Convention countries.

Through the research we were able to establish an information resource on 40 countries which is accessible to parents and non-legal professionals, as well as to lawyers and judges.  These texts have proved invaluable in assisting the work of our advice line and are increasingly being accessed by those seeking information and clarification on the legal context of a particular country, not only parents but also lawyers, social workers and staff at CAFCASS.

To view our information resource please visit our ´Resources´ section.