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.
Engage people 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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Two AUSTRALIANS ON DEATH ROW IN BALI
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FORMER AUSTRALIAN PRIME MINISTERS UNITED IN PLEA FOR MERCY
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|“PLEASE don’t kill my brother … he’s a good person. We love him so much, please don’t kill him, please, please” a sobbing Brintha Sukumaran beseeched, facing media as she emerged from Kerobokan prison at noon. Read more
||Thank you Myu Sukumaran and Andrew Chan for making such an amazing contribution to so many lives during the past decade (from within Kerobokan Prison). I wish more people could know you as we do. Thoughts and prayers for you both and for your families. Hoping the Indonesian government may spare your life to continue the amazing work you are both doing... we will be praying for that miracle..... Always remember that it is the legacy you leave to others that counts. All of us are on borrowed time and what we do for those most vulnerable is worth every cherished moment.... we all make mistakes but if we can learn from them and turn our endeavors to help others then we can leave this world knowing that we made a positive contribution. .. and be proud knowing we did... You have shown others that it truly is possible to turn bad to good.. defeat to victory.. shame to dignity. Very proud of you and the man you have become. thank you for not giving up on yourself. What you have achieved is so much more than many do in an entire lifetime. Hold your ahead up my friend.. be strong and never doubt that you matter. Kay Danes, OAM - Humanitarian
|My name is Lizzie Love and I volunteer with Tina Bailey and Jocelyn Johinke in the Projects at the Kerobokan Jail. Yesterday I emailed my friends a file on Maria with the comments below.
"Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan brought normalcy to the prison by introducing co-educational projects. Recognizing that the women were given little by way of help, they determined to change that and they did. Maria is important to them both. They are clucky at times in their protection and concern for the women in the Jail. Prospects for the women in the jail are grim if these two lads are executed. Myu is concerned for her and wrote to me to ask if I could sell on his behalf, 2 remarkable paintings to pay for an operation to make her well again. He is trying to raise $4000 to cover Maria’s medical bills and post operative care so that she can have the operation before he and Andy are executed. Today a wonderful Aussie expat generously granted that wish.
Lizzie Love, Bali (Read the latest New Idea article here)
Forget what you’ve seen in the movies - this is what the death penalty looks like. -Article by Martin Hodgson
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. For more than a decade he has undertaken this work as a full time volunteer and has twice been a finalist in the Australian Human Rights Awards. Read article on death penalty here.