Cambodia promises US that adoption law is inching forward

الخميس 1428/11/19 هـ الموافق 2007/11/29 م واس
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Phnom Penh, November 29 , SPA -- Cambodia's long-awaited new legislation on
inter-country adoption was yet to be drafted but was still expected
to be passed by the end of next year, Cambodian media quoted a senior
Foreign Affairs Ministry official as saying Thursday, according to dpa.
Secretary of State for the Foreign Ministry Long Visalo made the
promise to US Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Maura
Harty Wednesday, Khmer-language daily Koh Santepheap reported.

"We are passing a law relating to adoptions but in drafting it we
must consider all the benefits," the paper quoted Visalo as saying.
He said most importantly the law must be in line with other
international and individual nations' legislation and ensure "the
reasons behind the adoptions are beneficial to the children and not
just the individual who comes to take them."

"Children are not some sort of goods to be sold at markets," the
newspaper quoted him as saying.
The US announced an immediate suspension of the processing of
adoptions from Cambodia in December 2001 citing fraud and a lack of
legal framework to ensure the children were protected. Other
countries, including France, Canada and Australia, quickly followed.
In June 2004, a US court convicted one of Cambodia's most
prominent international adoption agents, Lauryn Galindo, and her
sister Lynn Devin on a range of charges including falsely
representing some of their adoption candidates as orphans.
Since then the US and others have accused the Cambodian government
of dragging its feet on drawing up effective adoption legislation and
warned the adoption moratorium will remain in place until it is
passed.
--SPA