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Fair Trials’ letter to the UK Home Secretary on warrantless arrests and INTERPOL Red Notices

October 14, 2019 - INTERPOL
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On 14 October, Fair Trials wrote to the Home Secretary of the United Kingdom in response to the announcement in Queen’s speech that the Government will introduce legislation to facilitate the warrantless arrest of individuals subject to INTERPOL Red Notices. We are concerned that this is unnecessary and potentially damaging for human rights.

We have campaigned since 2012 to highlight the abuse of INTERPOL Red Notices. We know that Red Notices are not always used as a bona fide instrument for international cooperation, but also sometimes as a tool for exporting repression. Fair Trials has documented many cases where political dissidents, journalists, and human rights defenders have faced unjustified harassment and arrest due to the misuse of Red Notices by various countries.

The proposals appear to be an attempt to make it easy for the police to arrest individuals on the basis of a Red Notice, as it is for them to do so under the European Arrest Warrant (EAW).

We are concerned that the proposed changes not only create a confusion about the legal nature of Red Notices, but that they increase the risk that UK citizens and residents would be arrested in the future on the basis of abusive Red Notices.

Read the full letter here.

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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