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PROCEDURES WITH REGARD TO THE HAGUE CONVENTION ON CHILD ABDUCTION
The General Directorate of International Law and Foreign Relations that undertook the mission of being the “central authority” in application of the “Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction” executes this mission via local Chief Public Prosecutor’s Offices.

The “Law on Civil Aspects and Scope of International Child Abduction” numbered 5717 regulating the procedures and principles to ensure application of the Convention in question was adopted on 22/11/2007 and was enacted after its promulgation in the Official Gazette dated 04/12/2007 and numbered 26720.

Any person, institution or organization that alleges of unjust taking of a child from the country of habitual residence in violation of guardianship right may make the application for return of the child in person or through his/her attorney to the central authorities of the habitual residence of the child or to the central authority of the Party State to which the child was illegally taken or held.

The request for return of the child should include all existing information on identity of the requesting person, the child and the person alleged to have taken or kept the child, date of birth of the child, basis of the application for return of the child, place of the child and identity of the person with whom the child is. Furthermore, the central authority to which the application for return of the child is made may request an authorization document in written authorizing it with to act on behalf of the requesting party or to appoint a representative authorized to act on behalf of the requesting party.

In accordance with article 21 of the Convention, requests regarding establishment of right to personal relation and protection can be made in the same procedure and way of the requests for return of the child. By the Circular of our Ministry dated 16/11/2011 and numbered 65/2 regarding the implementation of the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, more detailed information on the States party to the Convention and implementation are given.

OTHER ACTIONS TAKEN WITH REGARD TO CHILDREN WITHIN THE SCOPE OF THE CONVENTION
In accordance with the “Hague Convention Concerning the Powers of Authorities and the Law Applicable in respect of the Protection of Minors” enacted on 24/10/1983, measures taken by the local judicial authorities with regard to protection of minors are conveyed to the authorities of habitual residence of the child by the General Directorate of International Law and Foreign Relations which is the central authority.

Furthermore, actions regarding the implementation of the “European Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Decisions concerning Custody of Children and on Restoration of Custody of Children” enacted on 01/06/2000 are also carried out by the General Directorate of International Law and Foreign Relations as the central authority.

 
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