China and Russia INTERPOL Appointments: Assessing the Human Rights Impact
4 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2016
Date Written: November 21, 2016
Recently, at the 85th session of the INTERPOL General Assembly, the organization’s member countries elected its new president and a vice-president. Mr. Meng Hongwei, a Vice Minister of Public Security and the head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in China, became INTERPOL’s president, and Mr. Alexander Prokopchuk, the head of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Russia, a vice president. The appointments have raised concerns over INTERPOL’s ability to maintain its adherence to the organization’s core principles of neutrality, non-involvement in activities of a political character, and protection of individuals from member countries that use INTERPOL’s resources to persecute political opponents and other victims of unlawful criminal prosecutions. China and Russia have been widely criticized for human rights violations. Could the new appointments affect INTERPOL’s neutrality and its commitment to the protection of human rights?
Keywords: Interpol, Police Cooperation, Human Rights, China, Russia, Red Notice, Extradition, Refugees
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