On 13 July 2016, Bolivia deposited its instrument of accession to the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and thus became the 95th Contracting State to the Convention. The Convention will enter into force for Bolivia on 1 October 2016. While Bolivia is not a Member of the HCCH, it is now a Contracting State to two Conventions of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, the other one being the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption.
At the ceremony, which took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Embassy of Bolivia was represented by H.E. Mr Eduardo Rodríguez Veltzé, Ambassador, Mr Luis Rojas Martínez, Minister-Counsellor and Katerin Brieger Valencia, First Secretary. First Secretary Philippe Lortie and Principal Legal Officer Mayela Celis represented the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference. Mr Jules van Eijndhoven, Acting Deputy Head of the Treaties Division, and Mr Mark Groen, Senior Legal Officer, attended the ceremony on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.