Genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes are the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole. They have a lasting impact on societies and can continue to destabilize the safety and security of communities, regions and nations for decades after they occur.
Governments, civil society and international criminal tribunals cannot address all the challenges in this area on their own. As the world’s largest international police organization, INTERPOL possesses the police networks, technical tools and mandate to complement the ongoing efforts in the area of war crimes.
INTERPOL has been cooperating with the United Nations International Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda since 1994. The INTERPOL General Assembly has adopted several resolutions increasing the Organization’s support to its member countries and partner organizations in the investigation and prosecution of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
INTERPOL undertakes three main areas of activity to support the investigation of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, and the location and apprehension of criminals connected with these crimes:
- Operational support to national authorities and international justice institutions;
- Training and development;
- Building partnerships.