A Chinese was elected on Thursday 10 November at the Presidency of Interpol. Meng Hongwei succeeds the French Mireille Ballestrazzi. But this appointment formalized at the 85th general meeting held this year in Bali already raising concerns of some NGOs, who fear that Interpol is used by China to arrest dissidents and refugees abroad.
The election of the new head of Interpol Meng Hongwei, concerned NGOs, because China could under cover of a campaign against corruption, exploiting the international police agency to track down and arrest dissidents or refugees abroad who have committed no crime under international law.
” China for several years, Interpol used for political purposes , forward Nicolas Bequelin, in charge of East Asia at Amnesty International office. Or to try to get information or to repatriate people who seek asylum abroad , the Uighur, Tibetan, people whom China accuses of terrorism or political crimes, including acts that are not criminal in the context of extremely Chinese repressive penal code but are not recognized as eyes to crimes of international law. “
Nicolas Bequelin believes that ” have this position Interpol will help China to validate and legitimize the demands and requests of cooperation she does with foreign countries for the repatriation of people who are suspected of corruption crimes . “
Amnesty International called on Interpol to greater vigilance on the nature of requests from China. Since coming to power in late 2012, President Xi Jinping has launched a broad anti-corruption campaign that resulted in the conviction of more than one million civil servants.