Misuse of Interpol’s Red Notices and Impact on Human Rights


In recent years, Interpol’s Red Notices have been used increasingly by states as an abuse of power to harass and intimidate individuals, particularly in countries where the rule of law is not respected.

A report by the European Parliament in January of this year found that “Both governmental and non-governmental organisations have reported a trend by some countries to abuse Interpol’s system of police cooperation to persecute human rights defenders, critical journalists and political opponents in violation of international human rights standards. The abuse of Interpol Red Notices and Diffusions have been highlighted.”

Our barristers at 9 Bedford Row have significant experience in assisting clients with successfully challenging INTERPOL Red Notices. Members of our team have successfully lobbied INTERPOL’s Commission for Control of INTERPOL’s Files for deletion of data on numerous occasions.

Our specialist Interpol Red Notice Desk aims at helping individuals to find out more about personal information held by Interpol, notices pending or issued and how to seek their removal.

To get in contact with the Interpol Desk, contact Steven Kay QC or Gillian Higgins at steven.kayQC@9bedfordrow.co.uk or Gillian.higgins@9bedfordrow.co.uk

Source: Misuse of Interpol’s Red Notices and Impact on Human Rights – Recent Developments. European Parliament, January 2019. There is a link to the publicly available report here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2019/603472/EXPO_STU(2019)603472_EN.pdf


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