The Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s files has just issued its 2012 Annual Report.  The report provides information regarding the CCF’s activities over the last year.  It also includes statistics on the CCF’s decisions in cases that it considered during its three sessions in 2012.

Over the next several posts, I will address

One of the most frustrating experiences encountered by Red Notice subjects is what one might expect to be a simple process of finding out whether they are actually Red Notice subjects.  Once a person has been charged or convicted of a crime in a country from which they have fled (or perhaps never even entered)

I was recently contacted by a representative of a financial watch list compliance organization.  He had an interesting question:  How valuable is the information in INTERPOL’s website?  His goal was to determine whether the information on the website was valuable enough to provide to the subscribers to his watch list.

Of course, the determination of

For the next several posts, the focus of this blog will be on the issues raised and discussed in the 2011 Annual Report by the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (“CCF”), found here.  Every year, the CCF issues its report, focusing on INTERPOL’s accomplishments and challenges from the CCF’s vantage point.  This

In response to the last post on the significant events between Egypt, the U.S., and INTERPOL, and particularly regarding INTERPOL’s stated offer to clarify matters regarding its involvement in a given matter, a reader left this comment:

Thanks for the great work in this area Michelle.  My wife, one of the named individuals in

Chances are, if you’re reading this blog, you have an interest in international politics, crime, persecution, or all of the above.  For the information you have accessed thus far in your life regarding such issues, you can likely thank an international journalist or an NGO employee or volunteer.  In the last post, we discussed the

MSNBC reporter Greg Keller writes that twenty-five suspected members of Anonymous were arrested in connection with hacking into various law enforcement databases.  An investigation that began in mid-February led to the arrests.  

Now it is being reported that INTERPOL’s website also may have been the victim of an attack by Anonymous when its website

In order for INTERPOL to exist, it must be financed.  Certainly, it receives occasional donations and gifts. But by and large, like any other large and voluntary organization, it can function because members pay “dues.” 

All member countries pay to be member countries of INTERPOL.  The fee for membership is commensurate with the country’s fiscal

An update to this post: Last year, INTERPOL added two member countries:

  • The Solomon Islands
  • The State of Palestine

INTERPOL noted in its press release announcing the two new members that each application was approved by a more than two-thirds majority vote at INTERPOL’s General Assembly, where the organization’s member countries meet annually.

(The original

Still on the topic of INTERPOL’s ability and need for improvement of its information processing methods and internal accountability, today’s post addresses INTERPOL’s own discussions of those issues.

While there are certainly many valid points to be made regarding the frustrating experience that many have while dealing with INTERPOL, there is also evidence that INTERPOL