Friday, November 29, 2013

Tip of the Day: Foreign Affairs Agency Policy Relative to Hostage-Taking, Kidnapping

Today's Tip of the Day is a bit delicate, as it concerns a citizen requesting written policy relative to a specific foreign affairs agency's position on hostage-taking and kidnapping. 

The motive for the hostage-taking is immaterial.

Many foreign governments actually have a stated policy relative to kidnapping, hostage-taking and abduction that they can hand out to their citizens.

On the other hand, some foreign governments may actually be reluctant to hand out their written policy relative to hostage-taking for one of the following reasons: (1) the policy is being updated, at which point the citizen should request a copy of the policy in writing; and (2) the policy is never reduced to writing because it gives the foreign affairs agency the option of paying ransom or making concessions or not.

The majority of developed nations do have stated written policies relative to hostage-taking or kidnapping, but many developing nations do not.

Unfortunately, if a foreign government has no written policy relative to hostage-taking, kidnapping or abduction, it leaves citizens of such a government unable to effectively make life-and-death choices as to how to handle a hostage-taking on their own, not knowing what their own government's policy is.

For additional guidance, see the chapter in my book, STAYING SAFE ABROAD: TRAVELING, WORKING AND LIVING IN A POST-9/11 WORLD entitled "Ransom Kidnapping, Abduction and Hostage-Taking: What is the Risk."

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