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Report says governments misuse INTERPOL to harass journalists

Fair Trials International has published a report on the misuse of INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organisation.

The report details how INTERPOL – the world’s largest policing organisation and a vital crime-fighting tool – is frequently misused by countries across the world to pursue refugees, journalists and peaceful political activists in relation to politically-motivated prosecutions. Despite INTERPOL’s commitment to human rights and neutrality, its review mechanisms are not rigorous enough to prevent this abuse, leaving innocent people across the world vulnerable to arrest and extradition.

The report contains the stories of cases across the world showing the devastating impact of INTERPOL abuse. Fair Trials International is calling on INTERPOL to introduce simple reforms which would weed out these abusive cases and give people who believe they are subject to politically-motivated alerts the chance to challenge these with fairness and due process.

See the full Fair Trails  report at http://www.fairtrials.org/publications/policy-report-interpol-and-human-rights/

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