PACE calls for better checks on Interpol’s ‘red notices’ to end abuse

PACE has called on Interpol to conduct better checks on the people named in “red notices” – a form of international arrest warrant – to stop states abusing the system in order to persecute political opponents beyond their borders.

“Red notices”, which allow police in one country to seek the arrest of a wanted person in another, should be circulated by Interpol only when there are “serious grounds for suspicion against the targeted person”, the Assembly said.

In a resolution, based on a report by Bernd Fabritius (Germany, EPP/CD), PACE also said that Council of Europe member States should refuse to out arrests on the basis of “red notices” if they had serious concerns such notices were abusive.

The Assembly welcomed recent changes to the “red notice” system adopted by Interpol in November 2016, but said there could be further improvement.

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