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Extradition: China

Question for Home Office

UIN 61048, tabled on 22 October 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking in response to reports of Red Notices having been issued by the Chinese Government against British Parliamentarians.

Answered on

27 October 2021

The Government views any allegation of misuse of INTERPOL’s systems very seriously and works closely with INTERPOL to ensure the legitimacy of the Red Notice system.

Article 3 of INTERPOL’s Constitution forbids the organisation from undertaking any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character.

All Red Notices are subject to review by a multi-disciplinary Notices and Diffusions Task Force in INTERPOL prior to publication to ensure legal compliance and prevent abuse of INTERPOL systems. In November 2019 the Home Office seconded a lawyer to INTERPOL to support the work of the Taskforce. Furthermore, the Commission on the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF) can provide additional scrutiny of Red Notices where requested by individuals.

We continue to monitor the effectiveness of existing safeguards and will not hesitate to recommend further reforms to Interpol as necessary.

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