Translations of Consular Notification Statement in 17 Languages

There are two types of statements available on U.S. Department of State’s Web site, which have been translated into 17 foreign languages, and can be shown to foreign detainees.

They include: Arabic translation; Cambodian translation; Chinese translation; Creole translation; Farsi translation; French translation; German translation; Italian translation; Japanese translation; Korean translation; Laotian translation; Polish translation; Portuguese translation; Russian translation; Spanish translation; Thai translation; and Vietnamese translation.

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Statement 1 is for all foreign nationals except those from 58 countries referenced in Statement 2, and gives the detainee the option of consular notification. It reads:

As a non-U.S. citizen who is being arrested or detained, you are entitled to have us notify your country’s consular officers here in the United States of your situation. You are also entitled to communicate with your consular officers. A consular officer may be able to help you obtain legal representation, and may contact your family and visit you in detention, among other things. If you want us to notify your consular officers, you can request this notification now,

or at any time in the future. Do you want us to notify your consular officers at this time.

Statement 2 is for foreign nationals from 58 countries that require mandatory consular notification regardless of detainee’s wishes. It reads:

Because of your nationality, we are required to notify your country’s consular officers here in the United States that you have been arrested or detained. We will do this as soon as possible. In addition, you are entitled to communicate with your consular officers. You are not required to accept their assistance, but your consular officers may be able to help you obtain legal representation, and may contact your family and visit you in detention, among other things.

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