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THE 1980 Hague Convention is an international agreement by 71 countries to discourage parental child abduction.

The aim is to secure the prompt return of children wrongfully removed or kept away from their home country.

The convention's ethos is that it is in the best interests of the child to be returned home quickly, and that decisions about their future are best made in their home country.

The convention usually discourages courts from looking at the merits of the case
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 2, 2005
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