Article 11 of the UNCRC says children and young people shouldn’t be taken from their home country against their will. If this does happen, the government of their home country should make sure they can return.
The Article also makes it clear that nobody should take a child or young person from their home country for personal gain. They shouldn’t be abducted by anyone, including their parents. Countries should have agreements in place to make sure abducted children and young people can get home.
What is abduction?
A child is abducted when these two things are true:
- they’ve been removed from the place where they legally live or are being kept somewhere and unable to return there.
- the people who’ve done this haven’t been authorised to do so or have broken the law by doing it.
Reunite International assist and advise both in cases of international abduction, but also help parents who fear their children may be abducted. The website also has a list of family lawyers who specialise in child abduction and an abduction prevention guide.
The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office also has information available online.
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