FCO Fails to respond – again

FCO failure
On 14th November 2014, a complaint was filed with the FCO London, regarding the British Embassy and FCO failures to act in the unfair, unjust and unsafe conviction of Matt Harland in Cambodia.

Complaints process
Following the official complaints procedure detailed in the Crown publication Support for British nationals abroad: A guide the FCO are committed to giving a full reply within 20 working days or an explanation of this failure.

The FCO have failed to respond within the specified time. There has been no explanation.

Escalation process
As the FCO has failed to respond to an official complaint, the second such failure in a month, the original complaint will now be referred to the Foreign Secretary, Mr Philip Hammond MP.

To Philip Hammond MP
Mr Hammond, Foreign Secretary, once again, I would like to raise the following matter, direct to you, as the FCO Director of Consular Services has, once again failed to respond to my initial complaint.

Please note, this is separate from the complaint raised on 1st December 2014.

You can find the original complaint under the title, “Unfair, unjust and unsafe” and you may also find it helpful to read the other posts on this site.

Complaint to Mr Hammond
Mr Hammond, on behalf of Matt Harland, who is still detained in Cambodia, after four years, six months, without a trial by definition or internationally recognised standards, I would ask you to explain;

1 – why has the FCO Director of Consular Services failed to respond?

2 – why has the FCO and the British embassy in Phnom Penh failed to acknowledge that Matt Harland has not received a trial by definition, in Cambodia?

3 – why are consular staff not allowed to discuss this unfair hearing with Matt Harland, not even their own notes (obtained through FOI)?


Consular court notes, obtained through FOI

4 – why were consular staff  instructed to discontinue court observations after the session detailed in the embassy notes above?

5 – why have the FCO failed in their responsibilities under the Human Rights Act ’98, and the pledges by William Hague, regarding the trial rights of British citizens?

6 – do you agree that FCO staff should follow government policy,  guidelines and international law – even in the case of a child sex allegation?

7 – do you agree that somebody who is accused of a child sex crime, where the statements are in doubt, should have the right to a fair trial?

8 – do you agree with the information in the Crown publication, “Support for British nationals abroad”, which details the FCO policies and procedures?

9 – why would the FCO fail to follow these policies and procedures and fail to support Matt Harland in his request for a court trial?

10 – will you respond to the original complaint?

11 – will you, Mr Hammond, support Matt Harland’s right to a fair trial in Cambodia and respect your obligations under the Human Rights Act ’98?

Please note that some of the questions above are repeated from the last complaint, as we have yet to receive a response from your office.

Matt Harland is not requesting any special treatment, only his right to be heard in a court of law and to be given a fair trial consistent with what the FCO describe as internationally recognised standards

I look forward to seeing your response.

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