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If by any chance things have gone wrong they will not have made any arrangements to detain you.
asked Arobin, seeking to detain her, the maid having left the room.
In another venue and at Mexico's request, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Organization of American States (OAS), issued an advisory opinion in 199961 in which it unanimously concluded that the state that detains or arrests a foreign national "must comply with its duty to inform the person detained on the rights that said precept [Article 36, VCCR] recognises [sic] on her or his behalf, the moment it brings her or him under custody or, in any event, before she or he makes the first statement before the authorities.