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INTERPOL meets with Fair Trials International to discuss human rights and police cooperation

editor - September 20, 2013

INTERPOL, Ronald K Noble, Fair Trials International, Red Notice, Benny Wenda, Petr Silaev, Jago Russel, Alex Tinsley, Libby McVeighFair Trials International has, this week, met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other INTERPOL officials to discuss human rights and police information sharing. The meeting, held at INTERPOL's General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, provided an opportunity for Fair Trials International to highlight its concerns about misuses of INTERPOL’s wanted alert systems and to discuss its reform proposals.

INTERPOL plays an important role in helping countries to combat international crime and track fugitives but, when used inappropriately, its alerts can have a devastating and unjustified human impact. Fair Trials International has seen a number of cases where it considers INTERPOL's systems have been abused and believes that, with certain reforms, many of these could be avoided.

Fair Trials International’s cases have included Benny Wenda, a leading West Papuan activist and recognised refugee, pursued by Indonesia through INTERPOL for political reasons; and Petr Silaev, a Russian journalist and recognised refugee in Finland pursued by Russia through INTERPOL on vague charges of “hooliganism” following his involvement in an environmental demonstration.

Their stories, and others, have helped to inform an in-depth report, to be published by Fair Trials International later this year. The report will include concrete recommendations on improvements INTERPOL could make to prevent misuse of its alerts and to strengthen the ability for people to challenge INTERPOL alerts through a fair and transparent process.

INTERPOL has welcomed Fair Trials International’s constructive contribution and both organizations agreed on specific areas for further engagement.

You can read more about the meeting on INTERPOL's website here.

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