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16 March 2015

INTERPOL continues constructive dialogue with Fair Trials International

LYON, France – INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock met with Fair Trials International Chief Executive Jago Russell as part of an ongoing dialogue between the two organizations on a range of issues, including the protection of human rights within the sphere of international police cooperation.

Mr Russell, accompanied by Alex Tinsley from Fair Trials’ Brussels office, was updated on modifications and improvements to INTERPOL’s procedures in relation to the processing of Red Notices and other police cooperation requests, following their visit to the General Secretariat headquarters in 2013.

In line with recommendations made by the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF) and by Fair Trials International, since September 2014, enhanced measures have been implemented by the General Secretariat in relation to compliance checks before any Red Notice is published or visible to member countries.
 
In addition, as part of INTERPOL’s ongoing efforts to maintain the highest standards of data processing, a resolution was adopted at the 2014 General Assembly supporting a comprehensive review of INTERPOL’s supervisory mechanisms at all levels, including National Central Bureaus, the General Secretariat and CCF.

As part of INTERPOL’s ongoing commitment to encourage external input from NGOs, the Organization has invited Fair Trials International to contribute to the working group established to oversee the review.