INTERPOL on June 10, 2011 released the following press release:
“PARIS, France – A series of proposed rules and recommendations on enhancing the international status of INTERPOL Red Notices for wanted international fugitives have been agreed upon by legal and police experts.
The two-day meeting (8-9 June) in Paris, hosted by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, brought together 48 senior officials from 28 countries from each of INTERPOL’s regions. The meeting was the third and final meeting of the Working Group on Enhancing the International Status of Red Notices that was created by the INTERPOL General Assembly in 2009 to modernize the rules that govern Red Notices so as to improve their quality and value internationally.
The Working Group adopted nine draft rules on the purpose for which Red Notices may be published; the criteria for the publication of Red Notices; the release of information contained in Red Notices to the public; and the required steps to be taken by INTERPOL’s 188 member countries and its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France to ensure the efficient implementation of Red Notices. The draft rules will be presented before November’s session of the INTERPOL General Assembly in Hanoi for its approval, and if approved will constitute the new legal framework for Red Notices.
The Working Group also adopted a series of recommendations addressed to organs of the Organization whose work relate to Red Notices, that complement the draft rules and concern the implementation of the new regime.
First created in 1946, INTERPOL Red Notices are the most recognizable of the world police body’s series of colour-coded notices, and can be issued at the request of the organization’s 188 members countries or of an international tribunal.
Red Notices are not international arrest warrants; however, many INTERPOL member countries consider Red Notices as valid requests for provisional arrest, especially if they are linked to the requesting country via a bilateral extradition treaty.
A key aim of the draft rules and recommendations agreed upon by the Working Group is therefore to assist member countries in optimizing their use of this vital global policing tool.”
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