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.
Indonesian President ignores State law....
JUSTICE SHOULD NOT KILL
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Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been moved to the execution staging area...
Former Australian Prime Ministers united in plea for Mercy - See more at: http://info.mercycampaign.org/#sthash.Omo47uZH.dpuf
Former Australian Prime Ministers united in plea for Mercy - See more at: http://info.mercycampaign.org/blog/former-australian-prime-ministers-united-plea-mercy/#sthash.DXXBKkfZ.dpuf
Andrew and Myuran arrive on Nusakambangan island ahead of execution
Ben Quilty recalls emotional farewell to death row inmate Myuran Sukumaran
Indonesians --- please visit the "Mercy Bahasa Facebook page" and show your support for Myuran and Andrew -
"Indonesia you have succeeded in your purpose..... You have rehabilitated these men. Keep hope alive. Let them live."
Mercy Campaign petition presented to governments, families overwhelmed
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.