Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

Question to the Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs

Earlier in the House of Commons I asked the Foreign Secretary to do all he can to support my constituent British journalist Rebecca Prosser who has been detained in Indonesia since May 2015. Full text below: 


Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham) (Lab):


May I draw the Foreign Secretary’s attention to the worrying situation of my constituent Rebecca Prosser? She was working in the Strait of Malacca on a documentary about piracy for Wall to Wall productions. She had the right visa for Singapore and Malaysia, but it had not yet been authorised for Indonesia. She was arrested in May and has been detained there ever since. I am grateful for the opportunity to meet the Minister and I have met the Indonesian ambassador, but my constituent is on trial right now. She is a hard-working, law-abiding young woman who has committed a visa breach. Will the Foreign Office do everything it can to support her, and at least have a consular presence in the courtroom where she is on trial?



Mr Swire:


The right hon. and learned Lady came to see me about this matter, and quite rightly so. I personally raised their case with the Indonesian Foreign Minister at the UN General Assembly in September. She knows that immigration offences are taken very seriously in Indonesia. The trial is progressing at the moment. As I said to her at the time, their lawyers judge that a low media profile is the best way of bringing this immigration case to a conclusion, so it is probably better not to say more than that at the moment.




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