The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption is designed to regulate international adoptions with the best interests of the child in mind, as well as to prevent abductions, exploitation, or trafficking of children. This was Ukraine’s seventh attempt to adopt the convention, which has already been adopted by 90 countries. The convention would ease adoption by foreigners, and increase many orphans’ chances for a better life.
In Ukraine, the convention was supported by opposition parties Batkivchchyna and Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform, and a number of non-aligned deputies. At the same time, the pro-government majority failed to support the bill. Only 11 out of 207 Party of Regions lawmakers voted aginst, while Communists gave no votes. Svoboda failed to support it, too.
This result was unexpected – just a few hours before the vote the president’s representative in parliament assured that the Party of Regions would support the convention, as requested by President Viktor Yanukovych.