The Conclusions and Recommendations of the Special Commission are now available online at the Hague website:
Those interested in following adoptions from Nepal (and the controversy over Nepal's absence from the Special Commission due to the screening of Paper Orphans) may wish to read the Report of Meeting No. 2 held on June 18, 2010, which included the screening of the documentary. This document can be downloaded here:
Documentary Film: Paper Orphans
Before the film was screened, the Chair invited the Secretary to make some preliminary remarks. Ms Degeling (Secretary) noted that the film was about adoption in Nepal, and that Nepal had formally requested to remove the screening of the film from the agenda. However, the Permanent Bureau was of the view that the agenda should remain unchanged, and had already responded to Nepal accordingly. If Nepal had been present, it would have been given the opportunity to express its concerns to participants. In the interests of transparency, the Permanent Bureau would make copies of its exchange with Nepal available to participants.
An independent expert, Mr Aguettant, introduced the film, noting that it depicted practices that did not just exist in Nepal, but also in a large number of other States. Based on firsthand accounts, the film highlights the effects of malpractice in intercountry adoption on children, as well as on the biological and adoptive parents. Mr Aguettant considered that such malpractice could be eliminated by supporting biological parents and their communities, which have generally been ignored by policy makers.
In addition to the Conclusions and Recommendations, the final drafts of the following documents are also available to the public:
- Info Doc. No 4 - Executive summary: Haiti: ‘expediting' intercountry adoptions in the aftermath of a natural disaster... (International Social Service)
*Draft Agenda, The Special Commission on the practical operation of the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.
Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.