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An appeal from victims of abusive Red Notices – video

This film was prepared in cooperation with Destination Justice in order to attract attention to the problem of Interpol that is frequently misused by authoritarian regimes. It was screened at our Interpol side event last Friday during Human Dimension Implementation Meeting 2017 organised by OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw.

Despite largely successful efforts to reform the institution and its procedures concerning the protection of political refugees and those associated with them, still a lot of work remains to be done.

And this time we would like to present you the cases of:
1. Yan Andreyev, former Head of the Tutatev District of the Yaroslavl Region,
2. Leyla Yunus, Azerbaijani human rights defender,
3. Leila Khrapunova and her family (inc. Iliyas Khrapunov), businesswoman from Kazakhstan related to Mukhtar Ablyazov,
4. Anatoliy Pogorelov, formerly top manager at BTA Bank in Kazakhstan,
5. Akhmed Zakayev, Chechen political and military leader.

As indicated in the resolution (Resolution 2161 (2017) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe: “The Assembly welcomes these reforms as steps in the right direction. It stresses the importance of their implementation and calls on Interpol to continue improving its Red Notice procedure in order to prevent and redress abuses even more effectively, including by: (…) setting up a compensation fund for victims of abusive or otherwise unjustified Red Notices financed by member States in proportion to the number of unjustified Red Notices emanating from their NCBs [National Central Bureaus].”


Read our report:

  1. The reform of Interpol: Don’t let it be stopped halfway

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