Djibouti: Information on whether the abduction of children is treated as a criminal or a civil matter, and on what court deals with it
|Publisher||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 August 1995|
|Citation / Document Symbol||DJI21477.E|
|Cite as||Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Djibouti: Information on whether the abduction of children is treated as a criminal or a civil matter, and on what court deals with it, 1 August 1995, DJI21477.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab5f48.html [accessed 23 May 2013]|
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An official at the Djibouti embassy in Washington, DC stated in a telephone interview on 15 August 1995 that child abduction or kidnapping is dealt as a criminal matter by the criminal court system unless the persons involved are the parents of the child. If either parent is involved in a child abduction case, the matter is referred to the Sharia court system, which has jurisdiction over family matters.
Additional and/or corroborative information could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information Request.
Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti, Washington, DC. 15 August 1995. Telephone interview with official.
Additional Sources Consulted
Arab Legal Quarterly. 1993-1995.