Red Notice Abuse Report: In Protecting Refugees and Asylum-Seekers, the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's Files Looks Beyond INTERPOL's Refugee-Asylum-Seeker Policy

The Commission for the Control of INTERPOL's Files signals its willingness to protect refugees and asylum-seekers even when the INTERPOL refugee-asylum-seeker policy does not apply

In late 2014 – early 2015, INTERPOL introduced its refugee-asylum-seeker policy according to which “in general, the processing of Red Notices and diffusions against refugees will not be allowed if the following conditions are met: the status of a refugee or asylum-seeker has been confirmed, the notice/diffusion has been requested by the country where the individual fears persecution, and the granting of the refugee status is not based on political grounds vis-à-vis the requesting country.”  Since its adoption, the policy has become a true lifeline for many individuals targeted by abusive government requests disseminated via INTERPOL’s channels.  It is arguably the most straightforward way to fight an abusive Red Notice or diffusion.

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