Report 103 -
Treaties tabled on 12 March and 13 May 2009
On the 11th of June 2009, FPSS was invited by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties to provide advice to the committee re: Prisoner Transfer Agreement between Australia and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam concerning Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners.
On the 18th of August 2009, FPSS received a thank you letter from the Treaties Secretariat, ‘We thank you for your involvement, and trust you found participating in the process worthwhile.’
FPSS raised three critical points:
1. FPSS sought clarification of the current text on Continued enforcement of sentence and sentence equivalency;
2. FPSS sought clarification of the current text on Expenses; highlighting particular cases whereby prisoners have been denied transfer due to their inability to pay for the cost of transfer.
3. FPSS sought clarification of the absence of text in relation to ‘Wrongful convictions’. FPSS asked the committee to consider this issue in future discussions to seek greater considerations to the pre-trial process, for fairness and safeguards to ensure a more appropriate delivery of due process.
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