To: Congress and Department of State

Help And Protect Americans Imprisoned Abroad

Help And Protect Americans Imprisoned Abroad

Petition Text

Please sign petition requiring the Congress to pass legislation and the US State Department to provide financial and nutritional assistance to Americans arrested in foreign countries. Incarcerated Americans are offered little support by the US government which has a mandate to protect the rights of its citizens which rights include international protections and mandates.. No financial, medical, legal or nutritional support is given even though Americans may have been illegally detained, prosecuted or wrongfully convicted. Imprisoned in third world countries, Americans may be starved or suffer malnutrition without the help of the US Embassy. Persons incarcerated abroad may have no friends or relatives willing or able to go to the country and/or provide support which makes consular support even more critical.

Why is this important?

Americans arrested abroad are offered little support by the US government which has a mandate to protect the rights of its citizens, which rights include international protections. No financial, medical, legal or nutritional support is provided to American citizens by it's government, leaving the citizen on his/her own at a critically vulnerable time. Other European governments provide their citizens with food, clothing, medical care, nutritional support, regular counselor visits and other assistance including repatriation assistance. The US government will provide nothing except repatriation assistance and and even that is only a loan. As a leader of the free world we should raise the standards on how we allow Americans incarcerated abroad to be treated. especially in nations which do not meet the minimum international standards for detention. An American in prison abroad gets a maximum of 2 visits per year by its embassy and this also is insufficient. Visits at least quarterly should be the minimum standard and is consistent with the standards provided by other western nations. Americans may be starved or suffer malnutrition without the help of the US Embassy. Persons incarcerated abroad may have no friends or relatives willing or able to go to the country and/or provide support.for the destitute.

By signing this petition, you are helping the most vulnerable citizens in a crisis situation, being locked up abroad without any help, food, clothing or protection from the legal apparatus of a foreign country.