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06 September 2006 - Media release

Media invitation for INTERPOL's 75th General Assembly in Brazil

LYON, France – Combating international crime and terrorism will be the focus of INTERPOL’s 75th General Assembly, to take place in Rio de Janeiro from 19-22 September 2006.

Senior law enforcement officials and experts from around the world will discuss topics including the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children, drug smuggling and cyber-crime, as well as the success and expansion of INTERPOL’s databases, notably that of stolen and lost travel documents.

Delegates will review a proposal for the establishment of the INTERPOL Anti-Corruption Academy, and receive an update on increased co-operation with the United Nations and other international organizations.

The opening ceremony and speeches by INTERPOL President Jackie Selebi and senior Brazilian officials will take place at 10.30am on Tuesday, 19 September and is open to the media.

This will be followed at 12.20pm by a press conference with Mr Selebi, INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and senior Brazilian officials, at which simultaneous translation into the organization’s four official languages, Arabic, English, French and Spanish, as well as Portuguese, will be available.

Although the main conference proceedings are closed to the media, there will be press briefings on a range of subjects, including the identification of online child abuse victims and the role of INTERPOL’s databases in border security, on Wednesday and Thursday, 20-21 September. Interviews with police officials and international delegates may also be arranged upon request.

The General Assembly will take place at the Copacabana Fort, Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 01, Rio de Janeiro.

Journalists wishing to cover this event should apply for accreditation to the Brazilian authorities no later than Friday, 15 September. Applications must include the following:

  • Family name and forenames of the journalist
  • A recent photograph in jpeg format
  • Name and type of their media organization
  • Nationality and date and place of birth
  • Passport/identification card number and press card number

Please send applications to lincoln.lfc@dpf.gov.br or alternatively complete the accreditation form on the Brazilian Federal Police website at http://www.dpf.gov.br/DCS/.

Journalists without accreditation will not be granted access, and all media representatives will be expected to present their press credentials and national identification documents at the media registration desk upon arrival.