Foreign Prisoner Support Service
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.
Our aim is to offer information through this website to support awareness of human rights and social justice.
Why are Human Rights Important?
Human rights reflect the minimum standards necessary for people to live with dignity. Human rights give people the freedom to choose how they live, how they express themselves, and what kind of government they want to support, among many other things. Human rights also guarantee people the means necessary to satisfy their basic needs, such as food, housing, and education, so they can take full advantage of all opportunities. Finally, by guaranteeing life, liberty, equality, and security, human rights protect people against abuse by those who are more powerful.
Kay Danes was held in a Lao jail for almost a year.
Kay Danes was wrongfully imprisoned in Laos, one of the worlds poorest communist states.
Podcast of Interview here
Fifteen years ago Kay and her husband, Kerry, were living in Laos with their young children. Two days before Christmas, Kay and Kerry were falsely accused of stealing jewellery and gems, from the country's biggest sapphire mine. They were separated from their children, and imprisoned in a Lao jail. There, Kay was subjected to physical violence, and Kerry was tortured, to try and force them to admit their guilt.
Even though the Australian Ambassador worked long and hard to get them a presidential pardon, it was nearly a year before they were released. Kay has managed to regain her health and now works to help other political prisoners held abroad.
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Philippe na Champassak was born a prince in the royal family of Laos, in South East Asia.
Kay works with Foreign Prisoner Support Service.
Kay received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2014 for service to the community through promoting social justice and human rights.
Human rights groups mount pressure on Indonesia to impose death penalty suspension
Click for Audio Interview Martin Hodgson
Incredibly insightful....Martin Hodgson - Snr Advocate FPSS
‘ABC Radio, Bali Nine Feb 16th’ Interview with Martin Hodgson discussing the Death Penalty and why the PM must do more!
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Forget what you’ve seen in the movies...this is what the death penalty looks like. -Article by email@example.com
Martin Hodgson, a Senior Advocate and Anti Death Penalty Co-ordinator at Foreign Prisoner Support Service. He has worked on hundreds of cases around the world with clients including Peter Greste, Tallaal Adrey, Amanda Knox, Rachel Diaz and many more. He specialises in Death Penalty cases particularly in the Middle East, International Law and Kidnap resolution. Martin has twice been a finalist in the Australian Human Rights Awards.
Read article on death penalty here.
There are a dozen Australians who've been sentence to death abroad.
Clive Palmer has put forward a Private Members Bill to try to reduce the possibility of citizens being executed in foreign countries. It proposes that any public official in this country who discloses information that might lead to a death sentence could face up to 15 years in jail.
Kay Danes, a humanitarian who works with the group Foreign Prisoners, who herself was imprisoned in Laos in 2000, joined the program to discuss the idea.
Listen to the interview here:
My thoughts on the Death Penalty In Indonesia
Kay Danes, OAM
I think we still need mutual cooperation between countries as it is beneficial for all parties involved in the fight against drug related crime... but whereby our authorities might be required to disclose information to foreign authorities, then this should only be allowed with an undertaking that any Australian citizen subject to arrest will not face the death penalty. This would be in keeping with the UN moratorium on the death penalty
Discussion such as this should be agreed upon long before 11th hour....They should take place at the onset of negotiating bilateral and trade agreements....likewise prisoner transfer agreements should be put in place to limit the impact on innocent family members, consular staff, tax payers.
Current Australian extradition legislation does not allow a person to be surrendered to another country for an offense punishable by death unless the country has given Australia an undertaking that the death penalty will not be carried out. The Australian Government should request a reciprocal agreement as the United Kingdom did in 2010 when one of its citizens was charged with murder in Thailand. (Lee Aldouse was extradited on the guarantee that he would not face the death penalty. He was sentenced 25 years.)
What the death sentence does–and doesn’t–mean in the Boston Marathon bombing case (Story Here)
Death Penalty Statistics (Here)
Amnesty International Looks at the Death Penalty: (Here)