Vietnam plans to join The Hague Convention


VN prepares to join Hague Convention 1980

The PM has approved the preparation plan for joining the Hague Convention 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in the 2018-2021 period. 

Accordingly, from 2018-2020, the Ministry of Justice will review and evaluate the suitability between regulations of the Convention and Viet Nam’s laws, thus amending, supplementing and issuing new relevant legal documents and review regulations of the Convention with related international treaties Viet Nam has joined as a member.

The ministry will set up documents introducing the Convention and introduce the Convention to relevant objects, train and improve capacity of staffs and agencies in charge of the Convention.

By 2021, the ministry summits to the Government on the participation of the Convention.

The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a multilateral treaty, which seeks to protect children from the harmful effects of abduction and retention across international boundaries by providing a procedure to bring about their prompt return.

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US court orders new trial for Vietnamese actress accused of parental kidnapping

A Vietnamese movie star convicted of parental kidnapping will receive a new trial after a US federal judge decided that her conviction was based on an unclear definition of “domestic violence,” a phrase key to her defense.

Ly Huong, a 90s film star in Vietnam who has since settled in New York, was found guilty of obsconding to Vietnam with her 4-year-old daughter, Princess, claiming she was running away from her physically abusive husband Tony Lam, a Chinatown restaurant manager known as the “King of Canal Street.”

But Judge S. Johnson at the Brooklyn Federal Court in New York City threw out the conviction, ruling that the vagueness of the term “domestic violence” deprived her of a defense, the New York Daily News reported Friday.

A 1993 federal law allews defendents to argue that they were “fleeing an incidence or patter of domestic violence” to prove their innocence. But Judge Johnson said in his 24-page order that case law had not parsed the term “domestic violence” in 18 years and that jurors might have overlooked Ly’s claims that her husband had abused her emotionally and sexually.

Huong, whose father is considered Vietnam’s Bruce Lee, gave up her career acting in martial arts and action flicks to marry businessman Tony Lam.

Their 2001 wedding in Los Angeles was attended by 600 guests, including the then president of Vietnam and mayor of Ho Chi Minh City, the report said.

But the marriage turned sour in a Canal Street apartment she described as a “rat hole.”

“Every day I have to climb up three flights of stairs … and we had to hold our nose because people coming in there … pee on the stairs and I have to clean up every day,” the NY Daily News quoted Huong as saying at her trial.

Lam forced her to work in a pizza shop, talked about bringing home hookers and slapped her around, she testified.

Huong left for Vietnam with her daughter and was arrested during a return visit to the US in 2008.

Lam has so far denied her allegations and has the custody.

“I miss my daughter very much,” Huong, 43, told the NY Daily News Friday through an interpreter.

Edward Kratt, Huong’s defense lawyer, said federal prosecutors can retry Huong, offer her a plea deal or walk away from the case.

“We’re hopeful this will be the end of her ordeal so she can be reunited with her daughter,” Kratt said.

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The following information is excerpted from The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

In light of the high profile abductions of several children, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) encourages families not to panic. Instead, parents need to empower themselves with information that can help protect their children.


  • Parental abductions and runaway cases make up the majority of missing children in the United States. In 2002 there were about 797,500 children reported missing, or nearly 2,185 per day. The vast majority of these cases were recovered quickly; however, the parent or guardian was concerned enough to contact law enforcement and they placed the child into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center – a computerized national database of criminal justice information. It is available to Federal, state and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies.
  • Each year there are about 3,000 to 5,000 non-family abductions reported to police, most of which are short term sexually-motivated cases. About 200 to 300 of these cases, or 6 percent, make up the most serious cases where the child was murdered, ransomed or taken with the intent to keep.
  • The NCMEC analyzed more than 4200 attempted abductions from February 2005 to March 2010 and found that 38% of attempted abductions occur while a child is walking alone to or from school, riding the school bus or riding a bicycle; 37% of attempted abductions occur between the hours of 2:00pm through 7:00pm on a weekday; 43% of attempted abductions involve children between the ages of 10 and 14; 72% of attempted abduction victims are female; 68% of attempted abductions involve the suspect driving a vehicle.
  • Research shows that of the 58,000 non-family abductions each year 63% involved a friend, long-term acquaintance, neighbor, caretaker, baby sitter or person of authority; only 37% involved a stranger.


  • Be sure to go over the rules with your children about whose homes they can visit when you’re not there and discuss the boundaries of where they can and can’t go in the neighborhood.
  • Always listen to your children and keep the lines of communication open. Teach your children to get out of dangerous or uncomfortable situations right away, and practice role-playing and basic safety skills with them.
  • Teach your children in whose car they may ride. Children should be cautioned never to approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless accompanied by a parent or trusted adult.
  • Make sure children know their names, address, telephone numbers and how to use the telephone.
  • Choose babysitters with care. Obtain references from family, friends and neighbors.


  • Always check first with your parents or the person in charge before you go anywhere or do anything.
  • Always take a friend when you play or go somewhere.
  • Don’t be tricked by adults who offer you special treats or gifts or ask you for help.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no and get away from any situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or confused. Trust your feelings.
  • Don’t get into a car or go near a car with someone in it unless you are with your parents or a trusted adult.
  • Never take a ride from someone without checking first with your parents.
  • Never go into a public restroom by yourself.
  • Never go alone to the mall, movies, video arcades or parks.
  • Stay safe when you’re home alone by keeping the door locked. Do not open the door for or talk to anyone who stops by unless the person is a trusted family friend or relative.


In situations where parents have not resolved the issue of child custody, and one of the parents has ties to another country, there is the risk that that parent might take the child with them to a foreign country. Parents who are in this situation can find useful information about international parental abduction in “A Family Resource Guide on International Parental Kidnapping” published by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

For emergency assistance contact:

ABP World Group International Child Recovery Service

The goal of ABP World Group Ltd. is to locate, negotiate and recover your missing child.
We can dispatch personnel to most locations in the world; we specialize in locating missing children up to ages 18.

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Parental Child Abduction and Abducted Children Recovery

Christmas holidays – A time for parental child abductions

The holiday season sees a sharp rise in the number of parental abductions in Australia.  With emotions running high between separated and divorced parents during the Christmas/New Year period, a small number of parents will take the drastic step of abducting their own children.  Most of these children are eventually recovered, but a small number of parents will experience the agony of never seeing their children again. Read more below.

The number of British children abducted by one of their parents and taken abroad is set to double as the holidays start, the Foreign Office has warned.

Read more here: The Telegraph

Airlines Sued for Their Role in Parental Child Abduction

Read more here:Lawdiva’s Blog

Steps You can Take To Prevent Parental Child Abduction

Read the article here: ABP World Group Ltd`s Blog

Parental Child Abduction – Lesson 1

Parental Child Abduction – Lesson 2

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