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Submission to INTERPOL Working Group on the Processing of Information

April 13, 2016 - extradition, INTERPOL, red notice

Fair Trials has provided a written submission to INTERPOL’s Working Group on the Processing of Information (‘the GTI’), further to our submission dated 10 June 2015, and delivered orally at the GTI’s first meeting on 3 July 2015.

Fair Trials recognises the crucial role of INTERPOL as the world’s largest international policing organisation, and as a key facilitator of international police cooperation. Our position has always been that law enforcement authorities need effective mechanisms for cooperation in order to tackle serious cross-border crime.

The effectiveness of INTERPOL’s activities is highly dependent on its reputation as an essential tool in the global fight against crime, and the level of confidence placed on its systems. INTERPOL’s credibility is reinforced by its own rules, which include provisions that it must remain politically neutral, and respect fundamental rights. Under Articles 2 and 3 of INTERPOL’s constitution, INTERPOL’s activities have to be carried out within the ‘spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’, and it is prohibited from undertaking ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character’, respectively.

You can read our submission in full here. (PDF)

If you are a journalist interested in this story, please telephone Fair Trials’ press department on +44 (0) 20 7822 2370 or +32 (0) 2 360 04 71.

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