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INTERPOL confirms reforms at meeting with Fair Trials
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INTERPOL, the world’s largest international policing organisation, plays a vital role in fighting crime, connecting police forces across the globe to facilitate the arrest and extradition of people wanted for serious crimes. However, we believe that its systems -particularly its international ‘wanted person’ alerts (“Red Notices”) are being abused by countries around the world in order to persecute refugees, journalists and peaceful political demonstrators, at huge personal cost to these individuals. We are especially concerned about the operation of the CCF, INTERPOL’s existing supervisory authority, which is the only realistic option for people subject to an INTERPOL alert to seek a remedy.
Fair Trials is campaigning for simple changes to help make INTERPOL a more effective crime-fighting tool. We believe that INTERPOL can and must do better at filtering out abuses of its systems before information is sent out to police forces across the globe. When abusive ‘wanted person’ alerts do slip through the net, victims should have redress through an open and impartial process.
Since 2012, Fair Trials has been instrumental in highlighting the misuse of INTERPOL. We have:
Our work has not gone unnoticed: political pressure is mounting for INTERPOL to introduce much-needed safeguards, including from the OSCE, a US Senate Committee and the Council of Europe.
In 2015, following a meeting with Fair Trials, INTERPOL announced that it had taken the first steps towards implementing reforms that we had proposed, including the introduction of a new refugee policy. INTERPOL have also established a working group to look at the way the organisation operates, and Fair Trials has taken part in the process. You can read Fair Trials’ written submissions here.
Take a look at our videos featuring some of the people affected by the abuse of INTERPOL’s Red Notice system.
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