Subject: 2 years on
Today marks 2 years since Dylan abducted from New Zealand
Auckland, May 4, 2009
This sad anniversary sits as a tragic indictment of both the Hague Convention on Child Abduction and the indifference of the New Zealand government to the plight of an infant citizen.
Four-month-old Dylan was taken by his mother, Gulsen Nil Laybourn and his grandmother Hatice Cicek for a 3-week holiday to Turkey. They left Auckland International Airport on May 4, 2007. Gulsen and Dylan were booked to return home on May 28, 2007.
On May 25, Dylan father, Bruce Laybourn, received an email from Gulsen stating that she was not returning and that “you will not see you only son grow up.”
The sad facts:
• The Hague Convention sets a time frame of 6 weeks for the return of an abducted child
• Both Turkey and New Zealand are signatories to the Hague Convention on Child Abduction.
• Bruce Laybourn’s application for Dylan’s return met every Hague Convention criteria – he and Gulsen are both New Zealand citizens, they were married in New Zealand, Dylan was born in New Zealand and all lived together in their family home in New Zealand at the time of the abduction.
• New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, himself a father of young children, has not even acknowledged Dylan’s case despite hundreds of emails to him from New Zealanders demanding action to rescue Dylan. These can be read at ... http://www.facebook.com/l/57916;http://www.bringdylanhome.co.nz/?sayings
• The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully, cancelled a meeting Bruce Laybourn made with him to discuss what his Ministry might be able to do. Formal requests for reasons the meeting was cancelled were ignored.
• The Minister of Justice, Simon Power, wrote claiming New Zealand could not interfere in the judicial process of another country – a statement that fails to understand that the Hague Convention on Child Abduction is an international agreement that provides for the “Requesting State” (New Zealand) to request reasons for delays (Article 11)
• Calls to the Governor General’s secretary & messages left have been ignored. The Governor General is New Zealand representative at Gallipoli next weekend and has an opportunity to informally raise the matter with the Turks.
If you could be so kind as to sign the petition Bruce has started that would be fantastic: