Syria was re-added to INTERPOL’s communication network this week in a move that legal activists say could open the door for harassment and abuse of opposition figures and refugees.
This allows the Syrian regime access to INTERPOL databases and to communicate with other INTERPOL members through the organization’s channels.
INTERPOL is bigger than the United Nations, so imagine the abilities that it gives to a non-democratic country in terms of persecuting its opponents.
Inclusion in INTERPOL’s database could also affect refugees and Syrians currently seeking asylum. About 6.8 million Syrians are currently refugees and asylum seekers.
In 2015, INTERPOL expressly announced that it will not help countries detain refugees and asylum seekers. However, if a red notice is listed for a refugee on the organization’s database, this can still lead to their arrest and harm their asylum applications.