My girlfriend and I were travelling on holiday in the Far East with our young child when our relationship broke down. She is holding our two year old daughter, in Singapore, and won't return her to Israel. What can I do?

Bring Hague Convention child abduction proceedings against her in Singapore, for the child's return to Israel. Singapore, like Israel, is a "Hague Convention Country" and from 1.9.2011, cases of alleged child abduction  between the two countries are bound by the Hague Convention. 

 

Proceedings may be brought there through the Central Authority in Singapore, or directly via counsel there, for the return of your child, who is being wrongfully retained there, against your will.

Hague Convention Countries

The “Hague” countries that are bound by the Convention in relation to abductions to and from Israel are:

Andorra | Argentina | Australia | Austria | The Bahamas | Belarus | Belgium | Belize | Bosnia and Herzegovina | Brazil | Burkina Faso | Canada | Cayman Islands | Chile | China | (Hong Kong & Macau) | Colombia | Croatia | Cyprus | Czech Republic | Denmark | Ecuador | Estonia | Falkland Islands | Fiji | Finland | France | Gabon | Georgia | Germany | Greece | Honduras | Hungary | Iceland | Ireland | Israel | Italy | Japan | Latvia | Lithuania | Luxembourg | Macedonia | Malta | Mauritius | Mexico | Monaco | Moldova | Morocco | Netherlands | New Zealand | Nicaragua | Norway | Panama | Paraguay | Peru | Poland | Portugal | Romania | Russia | St Kitts and Nevis | Serbia and Montenegro  | Singapore | Slovakia | Slovenia | South Africa | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | Turkey | Turkmenistan | United Kingdom | United States of America | Ukraine | Uruguay | Uzbekistan | Venezuela | Zimbabwe

New countries may join the Convention in the future so that it applies to abductions between them and Israel, if Israel accepts their accession.