Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted numerous consequences against the Putin-led regime, but thus far, INTERPOL has not yet imposed any consequences of its own against its member country for this illegal act. INTERPOL’s constitution requires that its member countries act in accordance with both its their own domestic laws and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and all member countries are required to observe all applicable international treaties and conventions.
The United Nations Charter provides that
“All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”
As a UN member, Russia is bound to uphold this principle. Russia’s use of force in this situation has resulted in multiple consequences, such as
- Economic sanctions by the European Union , the United Kingdom, and the United States
- Australia, Canada, Japan, and Singapore imposing their own economic sanctions; and
- Suspension or cessation of services by private companies such as Apple, Google, Netflix, and Visa .
However, missing from the ever-increasing call for international condemnation against the Russian invasion is the voice of INTERPOL, the international law enforcement organization. Now, an alliance including the U.S., Australia, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand has called upon INTERPOL to suspend Russia’s access to its network based on the illegal invasion.
Thus far, there has been no move to change Russia’s status. The removal/suspension process has not been initiated as yet, to RNLJ’s knowledge.
INTERPOL has an opportunity to stand strong for its principles as an organization committed to the rule of law, or not. Time will tell.
As always, thoughts and comments are welcomed.