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20 September 2013

Individual rights and police information sharing focus of INTERPOL and Fair Trials International meeting

LYON, France – A meeting between Fair Trials International and INTERPOL has been held at the Organization’s General Secretariat headquarters to discuss the world police body’s Notices system, particularly in relation to Red Notices, or internationally wanted persons alerts.

At the invitation of INTERPOL, the delegation from Fair Trials International led by Chief Executive Jago Russell which included Head of Law Reform, Libby McVeigh and Law Reform Officer, Alex Tinsley, met with INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and other INTERPOL officials on Tuesday, as part of an ongoing constructive dialogue.

Fair Trials International recognized INTERPOL’s central role in assisting its member countries to combat international crime and  tracking fugitives. It also highlighted the importance of ensuring that the Notice system not be used inappropriately and made a number of recommendations in relation to addressing this issue.

INTERPOL recognized the central importance of respect for fundamental human rights and neutrality to its work and welcomed Fair Trials International’s constructive contribution to this.

The meeting concluded with an agreement from both organizations on specific areas for further engagement.