Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Attorney-General Robert McClelland today welcomed the Japanese Government s decision to proceed with preparations for ratifying the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, known as the Hague Convention.
Australia has previously made a number of representations to Japan encouraging it to ratify the Hague Convention.
Attorney-General Robert McClelland said Australia would continue to work with Japan on the sensitive issue of parental abduction of children and as it moved forward towards acceding to the Convention.
Mr Rudd saidThe Hague Convention is an important, proven law-based instrument to manage international parental abduction and access cases
Australia welcomes Japan's decision to proceed with preparations to ratify the Convention. Once ratified, the Convention will provide a new mechanism to assist to resolve international parental abduction cases with Japan affecting Australian citizens.
This decision by Japan brings it into closer conformity with the practice of other countries such as Australia, and is a positive step forward for Japan within the international community, he said.
The Australian Government is committed to doing everything it can to ensure the return to Australia of children who are wrongfully removed to or retained in another country.
21 MAY 2011
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