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Demonising Dissidents: How INTERPOL is being abused by dictatorships

Demonising Dissidents: How INTERPOL is being abused by dictatorships

INTERPOL is the world's largest policing organisation, but it is being abused by countries around the world to persecute refugees, journalists & peaceful political demonstrators.

Together with the London-based organisation Fair Trials International, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee is hosting a breakfast seminar discussing this theme. At the seminar we will hear strong stories from activists who have experienced to be placed on the INTERPOL alert list, only for doing legitimate work related to their activity. The seminar takes place at Hotel Bristol, Lille Festsal Tuesday 21 October at 7:30-9:00. The seminar is an Oslo Freedom Forum side event.

Registration to nielsen@nhc.no, or click here to join the event on Facebook.

About the speakers:

Demonising Dissidents: How INTERPOL is being abused by dictatorships
Benny Wanda
Benny Wenda - Benny is a West Papuan tribal leader who leads an international campaign for the independence of West Papua from Indonesia. Due to his activities he was persecuted by the Indonesian government, subjected to torture and a politically motivated prosecution.

Despite being a recognised refugee, Benny found himself with a public Red Notice against him.

 

 

Demonising Dissidents: How INTERPOL is being abused by dictatorships
Michelle Betz
Michelle Betz - In 2012, Michelle was one of 43 NGO workers charged in Egypt of operating without a licence and receiving foreign funding, as part of a crackdown on independent civil society groups in the country. The INTERPOL alert that followed stopped Michelle from being able to travel, and with it to work effectively. The episode was described by the US government as "politically motivated".

 

 

Demonising Dissidents: How INTERPOL is being abused by dictatorships
Bahar Kimyoungur
Bahar Kimyongur - Bahar is a Belgian activist of Turkish descent who was the subject of an INTERPOL alert from March 2006 until August 2014. The alert stemmed in part from Bahar's involvement in a peaceful protest at the European Parliament.

Because of the alert Bahar has been arrested in the Netherlands, Italy and Spain, most recently in the presence of his young children.