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Hague Conventions enter into force for Kyrgyzstan and Serbia

Form of application to the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit updated

On 1st November 2016 the 1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention entered into force for Kyrgyzstan, and the 1996 Child Protection Convention entered into force for Serbia.

1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention – Kyrgyzstan
The Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (1993 Intercountry Adoption Convention) entered into force for Kyrgyzstan on 1 November 2016. Having acceded to the Convention on 25 July 2016, Kyrgyzstan became the 97th Contracting State, which now counts 98 Contracting States.

Kyrgyzstan is not yet a Member of the HCCH but a party to two other Hague Conventions, namely the Hague Convention of 1 March 1954 on civil procedure, and the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents.

1996 Child Protection Convention – Serbia
The Hague Convention of 19 October 1996 on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children entered into force for Serbia on 1 November 2016. Having acceded to the Convention on 15 January 2016, Serbia became the 43rd Contracting State to the Convention, which now counts 45 Contracting States.

Serbia has been a Member of the Hague Conference since 26 April 2001 and is now a party to a total of 12 Hague Conventions.

On 4th November 2016 the Official Solicitor's Office updated the form (and guidance relating to it) for applying to the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit if a child has been taken or is being kept overseas without permission. The form also relates to applications to make contact with a child, or to enforce an existing court order overseas.

The form and guidance can be accessed from this page.

13/11/16