Today, international human rights lawyers and experts published an open letter on behalf of The Arrested Lawyers Initiative to INTERPOL’s Secretary General, Jürgen Stock. The lawyers and experts call on INTERPOL to take actions to comply with its human rights obligations and protect individuals against abuse by Turkey of INTERPOL’s Stolen and Lost Travel Document (SLTD) database.

The Arrested Lawyers Initiative is a Brussels-based rights group committed to protecting and upholding the rule of law by defending international lawyers and human rights defenders to carry out their duties without fear of intimidation, reprisal or harassment.

Included with the letter to Mr. Stock (attached here) is a detailed report on Turkey’s misuse of INTERPOL’s SLTD database.

We look forward to INTERPOL’s response in furtherance of its commitment to the protection of human rights and due process.