Lebanon: Experts urge the Lebanese government to curb parental child abductions.

Lebanon is a popular destination for parents who abduct children. According to Daily Star abductions by parents are not considered a crime. Any family cases are handled by religious courts, which favor fathers in custody disputes. Many Western countries experience a growing problem with recovering children abducted to this and other Middle Eastern Countries.

Statistics collected by [British organization] Reunite suggest that 70 percent of abductions are undertaken by mothers. Shalaby said that her organization had seen a 45 percent annual rise in reported cases.

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(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)