The Gist of Press Information Bureau: February 2014
India and Vietnam Sign Treaty on Transfer of Sentenced Prisoners
Sitanshu Kar from Sevmash Shipyard in Russia with inputs from Captain PV
Satish in New Delhi
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INDIA AND VIETNAM SIGN TREATY ON TRANSFER OF SENTENCED PRISONERS
The Union Home Minister Shri Sushil kumar Shinde and Minister
of Public Security of Vietnam Mr. Tran Dai Quang signed here today a treaty on
transfer of sentenced prisoners. The Treaty will help the Indian prisoners
imprisoned in Vietnamor viceversa to be near their families for serving
remaining part of their sentence. This would facilitate the process of their
The Government of India has so far signed such Agreements
with the Governments of U.K., Mauritius, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Egypt, France,
Bangladesh, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Sri Lanka, UAE, Maldives, Thailand,
Turkey, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel and Russia. Negotiations
have also been concluded with the Government of Canada, Hong Kong, Brazil, and
Spain. These treaties have helped in repatriation of 43 Indian prisoners from
Sri Lanka, Mauritius and UK. Similarly 7 prisoners of UK and France where
repatriated to their respective countries.
The Seventh United Nations Congress on the Prevention ofCrime
and the TreatmentofOffenders adopted the Model Agreement on the Transfer of
Foreign Prisoners in 1985 and since then many countries have arrived at
bilateral and multilateral treaties. The Repatriation of Prisoners Act, 2003 was
enacted for achieving the above purpose. For achieving the objectives of the
Act, a treaty is required to be signed with countries having mutual interest on
In addition to the above, the two Ministers also
heldbilateral talks onsecuritymatters, issues of training, capacity building,
cyber security, cyber crime, trans-national crime, terrorism and disaster
management. They reiterated the resolve of both the countriesofworking together
ondifferent issues ofmutual interest.
India and Japan have decided to further strengthen their
cooperationin themaritime sector as a partof the overall robust bilateral
relations. The two countries agreed to enhance their interaction through the
existing forums and through port-toport exchanges.
These issues came up for adiscussionbetween the UnionMinister
of Shipping ShriG.K. Vasan,who is on an official visit to Japan and his Japanese
counterpart Shri Akihiro Ohta, Minister of land, Industries and
Transport&Tourism, Government of Japan.
Shri Vasan explained the developments that were taking place
in India in the Ports sector and assured Shri Ohta that concerns regarding
infrastructure and connectivity of ports are being addressed expeditiously. In
particular, he said that the ports in Ennore and Chennai are catering to the
Japanese car exporters like Toyota and Nissan who have so far exported about
42000 and 300000 cars respectively from these ports.
During the talks, Shri Vasan thanked the Japanese government
for its support to various Indian Ports and infrastructure projects through the
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He also mentioned the possibility
of JICA assistance to VOC Port at Thoothukudi for the upcoming Outer Harbour
Japanese Minister Shri Ohta, while acknowledging the existing
cordial relationship between India and Japan, assured that Japan will carry
forward the momentum. He also thanked Shri Vasan for his efforts in this
direction and expressed Japan’s interest in shipbuilding and recycling
industries in India.
Shri Vasan later visited the Yokohama port where he was
received by Shri Nobuya Suzuki, DeputyMayor of Yokohama city and ShriMasaharu
Ikegami, theViceDirector General of theMinistry of Land, Industries and
Transport & Tourism, (MLIT) Government of Japan.