The Hague Abduction Convention: List of Noncompliant Countries

COUNTRIES WHICH ARE CURRENTLY LISTED BY THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT AS BEING NONCOMPLIANT WITH THE HAGUE CONVENTION ON THE CIVIL ASPECTS OF INTERNATIONAL CHILD ABDUCTION

The U.S. State Department issued its last Report on Compliance with the Hague Convention in April 2018. Of the 77 U.S. treaty partners with the Convention, there are 8 countries which are listed by the U.S. State Department as being noncompliant or demonstrating a pattern of noncompliance. Those countries are: Argentina; The Bahamas; Brazil; the Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Japan; Morocco; and Peru.

Argentina

The Hague Convention has been in force between the U.S. and Argentina since 1991. Argentina has been cited as noncompliant since 2014. Specifically, Argentina's judicial branch fails to implement and comply with the provisions of the Convention.

Bahamas

The Hague Convention has been in force between the U.S. and Argentina since 1994. The Bahamas has been cited as noncompliant since 2011. Specifically, the Bahamian Central Authority regularly fails to fulfil its responsibilities under the Convention and the judicial branch fails to implement and comply with the Convention.

Brazil

The Hague Convention has been in force between Brazil and the U.S since 2003. Brazil has been cited as noncompliant since 2006. Specifically, Brazil's judicial branch regularly fails to implement and comply with the convention. Additionally, there are many avenues for appeals, which causes extreme delays.

Dominican Republic

The Hague Convention has been in force between the Dominican Republic and the U.S. since 2007. The Dominican Republic has been cited as noncompliant since 2014. Specifically, the Dominican judicial branch regularly fails to implement and comply with the provisions of the Convention.

Ecuador

The Hague Convention has been in force between Ecuador and the U.S. since 2007. Ecuador has been cited as noncompliant since 2015. Specifically, law enforcement and the judicial branch fail to implement and comply with the Convention.

Japan

The Hague Convention has been in force between Japan and the U.S. since 2014. There are no effective means to enforce an order for the return of the child to the U.S.

Morocco

The Hague Convention has been in force between Morocco and the U.S. since 2012. Morocco is cited as noncompliant as the Central Authority fails to take appropriate steps to locate the child so that a case can be filed.

Peru

The Hague Convention has been in force between Peru and the U.S. since 2007. Peru is cited as noncompliant because the judicial branch regularly fails to implement and comply with the provisions of the Convention.

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