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HerHagueStory is a movement dedicated to fighting for mothers and children who suffer abuse through The Hague Convention.
We are calling for legislative change.
Over 75% of Hague Convention International Child Abduction cases are filed against the mother and primary carer of the child.
Most fleeing mothers have evidence of the violence and abuse they escaped.
The courts call them Protective Hague Mothers.
Yet, even with clear evidence of domestic violence or abuse,
the law insists children must be returned.
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We call upon our Australian Government
to legislate that:
1. Hague Convention Judges must rule in the best interests of the child, within Australian courts.
Under The Hague Convention, Australian Judges repeatedly fail to rule in the best interests of the child, fail to uphold the rights of the child, and fail to uphold the rights of the First Nations child.
'It is a draconian law' #ahaguejudge
a. In the Best Interests of the Child
HerHagueStory asks that more weight be given to the protective primary attachment parent during Hague Convention proceedings.
b. To uphold the Rights of the Child
HerHagueStory asks that, in accordance with Article 3 of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, that the best interests of the child be the primary consideration during Hague Convention proceedings.
c. To uphold the Rights of the First Nations Child
HerHagueStory asks that statutory requirements that uphold the best interests of a First Nations Child, be a primary consideration during Hague Convention proceedings.
'Australia’s laws are sovereign and must take precedence over
international laws' #herhaguestory
2. Perpetrators of abuse must no longer use The Hague Convention to dictate where their victims live.
HerHagueStory asks that if any coercive control, domestic violence, or abuse is found during Hague Convention proceedings, that sanctuary and safety be granted to the survivors in Australia (or their home country).
Survivors of abuse must not be ordered back into the foreign country that already failed to protect the Australian mother and child.
HerHagueStory asks that the Attorney General’s office be obliged to fact check and verify clean criminal records, before accepting foreign Hague applications.
'Perpetrators of abuse should not be able to dictate
where their victims live' #herhaguestory
3. Australian Taxpayers must no longer pay the legal fees of foreign perpetrators.
HerHagueStory asks if any abuse is found during Hague Convention proceedings, that the Australian Government order the foreign perpetrator of abuse to return the Australian Taxpayers money.
HerHagueStory asks the Australian Government to Halt the Hague and stop all deportations of protective Australian mothers and their children.
The Hague Convention is being used as a tool of systemic abuse to torment and punish survivors.
HerHagueStory asks Anthony Albanese, Richard Marles, and Mark Dreyfus QC, to halt all Hague Convention deportations until a royal commission has investigated the Hague Convention rulings of Australia, and any protective recommendations have been implemented.
The Australian Government needs to pass protective laws
to ensure that The Hague Convention is no longer used
as a tool of systemic abuse by perpetrators,
against Australian and First Nations mothers and their children.
We don’t hold vigils for these women in Parliament, but we cannot let their experiences be erased from our memory.
- Dr Anne Aly, MP
The Australian Government and Attorney General
are aware that mothers and children are being sent into domestic violence situations under the Hague Convention
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Some courts and Convention advocates now argue that allegations and findings of violence and abuse are so routine in Hague cases that to consider it grounds to deny a petition would undermine the entire Convention.
- Michael Slater