International Parental Child Abduction in Singapore is considered by those in the International Human Rights Community to be a Seriously Ignored Issue, which has even been accused by some anonymous dissidents to be officially ‘covered-up’, for Political Reasons, ignoring the Welfare of Parentally Abducted Children, and creating Antimony with the Comity of Nations in doing so.
The Antimony lies with Singapore’s reluctance to comply with Article 11, and Article 10 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child;
1. States Parties shall take measures to combat the illicit transfer and non-return of children abroad.
2. To this end, States Parties shall promote the conclusion of bilateral or multilateral agreements or accession to existing agreements.
Singapore makes no efforts to address either of the above paragraphs of article 11.
The cover-up, is (quote anonymous source) “apparently implemented to to hide the facts from the U.N. Hague Convention Treaty yearly reports, by manipulating the way that cases of International Parental Child Abduction are filed and processed”.
Parental Child Abduction is Child Abuse.
The impact on child victims will differ. Each child is an individual with different reactions to the circumstance and with different coping styles. The impact will be affected by the pre-stressors in the child’s life, the relationship the child has to the abductor as well as the relationship the child had with the left behind family and community. The child’s age, character, how they were taken, length of time missing, what they were told, and their individual and cumulative experiences while abducted will also effect the child.
The left-behind family members, which include the parent(s), siblings, stepparents, step and half siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and others, will suffer as well. The left-behind parent often has an incredibly difficult time maintaining work commitments while searching for their child. Feelings of anger, resentment, fear, anxiety, despair, loneliness, and guilt are common emotions.
Most left-behind parents also suffer from disturbances in sleep patterns, loss of appetite, and severe depression. The emotional turmoil might also manifest in physical symptoms such as re-occurring headaches and nausea. Feeling helpless and searching for correct information over the internet on what to do and who to turn to is another mind field victim parents are left to deal with.
According to the Data given to us, it seems that the Singaporean Central Authority of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Child Abduction Evades the Issuing of Hague Mandates for the return of Parentally Abducted Children, in order to evade bad statistics in their yearly reports to the UN on International Parental Child Abduction and the World Convention on the Rights of the Child (which are both compulsory for Singapore to make).
It seems from looking at the Data, that the Singaporean State and Judiciary assist in achieving this goal of Evasion of Compliance with the UN Hague Treaty, and that of the Rights of the Child, whilst still enjoying the benefits of being a Signatory Acceded member State.
The Singaporean Central Authority at the MSF have been reported to ignore communications from foreign left-behind parents, and their lack of helpfulness has become Infamous. as more and more cases of International Parental Child Abduction have begun to occur in Singapore.
Singapore has one of the worst statistics for not returning Parentally Abducted Children, including children of other Nationalities, as seen in the case of ALJ v ALK  SGHC 255 ruled over by Woo Bih Li J, where two American Children with U.S. passports were abler to be abducted and retained by the Mother in Singapore, and which case ended with the Singaporean Judge ordering that the mother could keep the two children, whose US passports had already expired, illegally in Singapore.
The children were ordered to be forced to stay in Singapore without valid passports, without Singaporean Visas or Nationality, ignoring the rights and sovereignty of the United States of America, and denying the children their right to Article 10 of the World Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Singapore is supposedly a Signatory to the treaty.
Article 10 Rights Of The Child.
1. In accordance with the obligation of States Parties under article 9, paragraph 1, applications by a child or his or her parents to enter or leave a State Party for the purpose of family reunification shall be dealt with by States Parties in a positive, humane and expeditious manner. States Parties shall further ensure that the submission of such a request shall entail no adverse consequences for the applicants and for the members of their family.
2. A child whose parents reside in different States shall have the right to maintain on a regular basis, save in exceptional circumstances personal relations and direct contacts with both parents. Towards that end and in accordance with the obligation of States Parties under article 9, paragraph 1, States Parties shall respect the right of the child and his or her parents to leave any country, including their own, and to enter their own country. The right to leave any country shall be subject only to such restrictions as are prescribed by law and which are necessary to protect the national security, public order (ordre public), public health or morals or the rights and freedoms of others and are consistent with the other rights recognized in the present Convention.
This is achieved through a few main approaches;
- By not approaching later acceded member states to sign bilateral agreement of mutual recognition of accession to the Hague treaty on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Child Abduction, effectively evading ever having to issue any Mandates for the return of Parentally Abducted Children to their Habitual Country of Residence, and the Left-Behind Parent. For example, Thailand acceded in 2006, and Singapore in 2010, but neither of these two countries have approached each other since their accession to membership of the International Parental Child Abduction Act.
- By refusing to allow cases of International Parental Child Abduction which do not have a Hague Mandate, to be dealt with by the Guardianship of Infants Act, and forcing Plaintiffs and Defendants to Address International Parental Child Abduction through the Domestic Divorce and Custody System of Approach, which both evades inclusion of such cases in the U.N. Annual Reports from Singapore, as well as giving the Mothers Custody as the common Precedent in Divorce and Custody, which creates Antimony with the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Child Abduction, because Singapore agrees to put the Child’s Habitual State of Residence as Priority, and NOT, the precedent of ‘Give the Child to the Mother’ which is in 98% of Singaporean Divorce Cases the usual Precedent. – Allowing cases of International Parental Child Abduction to be dealt with through the Divorce system, is unsatisfactory due to the common Precedent in Singapore, to award custody to the Mother. Such a precedent is not allowed to supercede Habitual Residence in International Parental Child Abduction, but it does in the Singaporean Justice.
- Singapore offers no Legal Aid to Foreigners, which means that any left-behind Parent outside of Singapore, who is fighting a case of International Parental Child Abduction in Singapore, has no right to fight the legal battle, unless rich enough to have a Lawyer, which will cost minimum 50,000$ SG to conduct such a case. Singapore offers no Legal assistance to such foreign victims of International Parental Child Abduction and other Crimes, which also makes it unfair as far as Human Rights, and the right to hear and be heard is concerned.
In the coming weeks, we shall be revealing a few cases of International Parental Child Abduction which were not recorded in the United nations records, but which did in Fact occur in Singapore, and which according to the allegations of our Anonymous Sources, have been “Deliberately manipulated by the Singaporean Government, to Hide these Statistics from the United Nations Annual report on the Civil Aspects of International Parental Child Abduction, and the Report on the Convention on the Rights of the Child“.
The International Community already know that Singapore is a Human Rights Abuse Country, but the Questionability of their Membership in the UN, as Highly Non-Conformant-Through-legal-Evasion Member State, is in Dired Need of Public Attention.
With Children’s Rights being Ignored on many counts such as Judicial Caning of 14 Year Old Children, Forced Military service, Retention of Foreign Children, denial of the Right for Singaporean Children to attend Private School (forced indoctrination in State Schools), Underage Workers at 13, and the famously Unfair FJC Family Justice System, which is Women-Biased and completely owned and run by the ‘Women’s Society’.
Informative Related Links
When is a Victim Parent Not a Victim Parent? (CARI Website)
Convention on the Rights of the Child (OHCHR Website)