Step 1: Contact Embassy Step 2: Engage experienced Lawyer Step 3: Be strategic
When a person travels overseas they leave behind their Country's legal support systems, emergency service capabilities and medical facilities. Whilst your Government is obliged to provide prisoner support, there may be limitations. Read the Consular Services Charter applicable to your country. Familiarise yourself with local laws and customs where your loved one is arrested, they may face a significant period of detention before their case goes before a court. Don't offend the detaining state by saying their laws are ridiculous (even if you think they are). Remember that governments cannot march over the jurisdictional rights of another State to impose its own rule of law there. There are mechanisms to redress an injustice. Foreign internment is a complex issue and needs to be managed expertly.
Are people arrested in foreign countries better off keeping a low profile?
They are best to engage experienced legal representatives who can offer sound legal and media strategies combined with diplomatic solutions to secure best outcomes. Amateur online campaigns, fist waving and sensational magazine stories ..... do nothing to improve a prisoner's situation.
Is there a kind of best practice to dealing with the law and courts overseas for Australians in trouble ?
Engage people who have runs on the board and have the respect of governments and non government organisations....who are credible and credentialed ... who have operated in the field and can think strategically to align all the partnerships required to bring forth positive working relations. You'll need someone to help you navigate the diplomatic minefield and to negotiate and secure best outcomes. Work with consular staff and become familiar with local laws and how they might affect the prisoner. Above all maintain integrity of the campaign.
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Aussie woman trapped in Mexican hell
IT’S a simple travel mistake any of us could have made, but it’s landed one Australian woman in a filthy Mexican detention centre with no idea when she will be released.
Kylie Bretag, a 30-year-old waitress from Melbourne, was arrested on October 20 at a checkpoint in the town of Tenosique after Mexican officials boarded her bus to check passengers’ passports, according to her friend Natalie Wayt.
Ms Wayt, 27, was due to meet Ms Bretag in Cancun but was forced to return to Houston after finding out her friend had been detained. It’s understood Australian consular officials are working with Mexican authorities to resolve the issue.
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Foreign Prisoner Support Service advocate a finalist in National Human Right Awards - Read Full Copy Here
KALARU-BASED human rights advocate Martin Hodgson named a finalist for a prestigious award by the Australian Human Rights Commission. "After weeks of intense deliberation, the judging panel has considered the record 71 nominations received for the Community Individual Award and the Community Organisation Award and delivered a shortlist of four finalists for each," the commission said. According to the commission, they are the two most vigourously contested categories for the 2013 Australian Human Rights Awards. Martin is one of the very few people to have been selected as a finalist two years running.
Martin Hodgson speaks to ABC News radio about Peter Greste.
"The fact is, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Australian Government has failed until the day Peter Greste arrives back in Australia.... I always felt that unless a lot more had been done at a government to government level that Mr. Greste would face a prison sentence." Click here for Interview
Australian businessman Marcus Lee reveals he nearly died while imprisoned during Dubai ordeal
Marcus Lee and his colleague Matthew Joyce were arrested in Dubai in 2009 and accused of fraud in connection with a land deal involving Australian property developer Sunland. Read the story here
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Laos Government refuse to release Sombath!
Sombath Somphone was kidnapped from his Vientiane office in December 2012. Police security footage show he was stopped at a police checkpoint in the capital and taken into custody. He has not been seen since. Enforced disappearances—the detention of persons by the state, usually the military or police, followed by a refusal to reveal their fate or whereabouts—has become a major human rights concern in Asia.(Regional Report)
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Laos block investigation: Click here (Mar 2013) US-Hmong Men kidnapped in 2008 still missing: Click here