Thursday, 20 July 2017

Indian Prisoners Abroad

Due to the strict provisions of privacy laws, the United States of America, Canada, Australia and many countries in Europe do not share information about Indian nationals in their prisons. However, as per information available, 7448 Indian nationals are lodged in foreign jails in 81 countries.

As soon as the information about detention/arrest of an Indian national is received by an Indian Mission/Post, it gets in touch with the local Foreign Office and other concerned local authorities to get consular access to the detained/arrested Indian national to confirm his Indian nationality and ensure his/her welfare. Government of India provides legal assistance on means tested basis to deserving Indian nationals, including prisoners. Government also provides help, advice and guidance ensuring fair and humane treatment in foreign jails, repatriation to India of those who are released and issues emergency certificates. In some countries, our Missions also request the local governments for grant of amnesty to the arrested Indians and if any mercy petition for remission of sentences is received from the family members of the Indian prisoners, the concerned Mission forwards them to the local authorities for consideration. A list showing country-wise details of the Indian prisoners is attached at the Annexure.
ANNEXURE

Indian Prisoners Abroad

Sl. No.
Name of Country
Number of prisoners
Sl. No.
Name of Country
Number of prisoners
1.       
Armenia
1
42
Malaysia
304
2.       
Austria
10
43
Maldives
11
3.       
Australia 
50
44
Mauritius
7
4.       
Azerbaijan
1
45
Mexico
2
5.       
Bahrain
68
46
Mozambique
5
6.       
Bangladesh
126
47
Myanmar
38
7.       
Belgium
25
48
Nepal
852
8.       
Bhutan
53
49
Netherlands
1
9.       
Brunei Darussalam
1
50
New Zealand
13
10.   
Cambodia
5
51
Niger
1
11.   
Canada
25
52
Nigeria
14
12.   
China
225
53
Oman
101
13.   
Colombia
5
54
Pakistan
468
14.   
Cote D’ Ivoire
1
55
Panama
2
15.   
Croatia
1
56
Peru
1
16.   
Cuba
2
57
Philippines
10
17.   
Cyprus
3
58
Portugal
3
18.   
Denmark
8
59
Qatar
160
19.   
Egypt
3
60
Romania
2
20.   
Ethiopia
2
61
Russian Federation
4
21.   
Djibouti
1
62
Saudi Arabia
2046
22.   
Fiji
2
63
Senegal
1
23.   
France
13
64
Seychelles
2
24.   
Germany
54
65
Singapore
133
25.   
Ghana
3
66
Slovak Republic
1
26.   
Greece
17
67
South Africa
7
27.   
Guatemala
4
68
Spain
21
28.   
Indonesia
20
69
Sri Lanka
143
29.   
Iran
28
70
Suriname
2
30.   
Iraq
11
71
Thailand
48
31.   
Ireland
3
72
Trinidad & Tobago
1
32.   
Israel
4
73
Turkey
2
33.   
Italy
80
74
Uganda
1
34.   
Japan
1
75
United Arab Emirates
1376
35.   
Jordan
1
76
Ukraine
1
36.   
Kenya
2
77
U.S.A
281
37.   
Korea (Republic of)
4
78
Uzbekistan
1
38.   
Kuwait
506
79
Vietnam
1
39.   
Kyrgyzstan
1
80
Yemen
1
40.   
Lebanon
7
81
Zambia
1
41.   
Libya
2







Total
7448

This information was given by Shri M. J. Akbar, the Minister of State for External Affairs, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today (July 19, 2017).



Courtesy: pib.nic.in

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