Defending theHuman Rightto a Fair Trial
July 2, 2015
In the last few weeks, INTERPOL has found itself in the news. We round-up the latest developments and introduce our new INTERPOL campaign video.
Misused INTERPOL Red Notices come at a huge personal cost for the recipient, with devastating affects on their lives. Our new campaign video tells the stories of some of those who have been subject to abusive Red Notices, in just two minutes.
This month INTERPOL featured heavily in the news, mentioned in the context of the FIFA scandal, and more recently with questions over its involvement in the arrest of Ahmed Mansour, the senior Al-Jazeera journalist who was arrested (and later released) in Berlin. Some reports suggest his name was distributed via INTERPOL following an arrest warrant issued by Egypt. We have written to INTERPOL to seek clarification of what, if any, involvement they had in this case.
Last month, following calls for reform from Fair Trials, INTERPOL announced a new policy which should provide better protection of refugees who find themselves wanted through INTERPOL. This comes after a meeting with Fair Trials in March, where INTERPOL confirmed it would be introducing changes to the way they operate their Red Notice system.
LEAP member and Gherson solicitor, Thomas Garner, wrote a guest post regarding a recent UK High Court judgment on an INTERPOL Red Notice, which was deemed an unreliable source of evidence, illustrating yet further failings in the current system.
BBC Radio 4 recently aired the documentary ‘Inside INTERPOL’, which featured contributions from our Chief Executive, Jago Russell, as well as Jürgen Stock, the Secretary General of INTERPOL. The programme examined the workings of INTERPOL and the challenges the organisation faces, including complaints about politicisation and INTERPOL’s decision to cease its financial ties to FIFA.
Roberto Bendaña McEwan, a businessman and civil society activist, has been subject to an INTERPOL Red Notice since January 2014. We recently published details of his case on our website.
Also, our Chief Executive, Jago Russell, was a speaker at an Open Society Foundations event; ‘Crime Fighting, Perverted: INTERPOL and Authoritarian Regimes’. You can listen to the conversation on OSF’s website.
There is still more to do. Find out more about our INTERPOL campaign here.
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