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Emirati General Al-Raisi elected president of Interpol accused of torture – RT in english

Unsurprisingly, the Emirati candidate for the honorary presidency of Interpol was elected at the 89th general assembly in Istanbul. General Al-Raisi of the Emirates is, however, the target of several complaints for acts of torture.

The Emirati General Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi, targeted by several complaints of torture in France and Turkey, was elected on November 25 in Istanbul as president of Interpol, according to the police cooperation agency.

The function of president is essentially honorary, the real boss of the organization being its Secretary General. But human rights organizations and elected European officials opposed the election of Al-Raisi, believing that it would undermine Interpol’s mission.

The president of Interpol, appointed for four years, fulfills his functions part-time and on a voluntary basis and retains his functions in his country of origin.

Day-to-day management is handled by Secretary General Jürgen Stock, appointed for a second five-year term in 2019.

However, many observers are worried about the arrival of Al-Raisi as president of the organization.

« We are deeply convinced that the election of General Al-Raisi would damage Interpol’s mission and reputation and seriously affect the organization’s ability to effectively carry out its mission, » wrote in mid-November, to the President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen, three MEPs including Marie Arena, President of the European Parliament’s Human Rights Sub-Committee.

The Emirates have just written a check for 50 million euros to the organization. The biggest donation ever received by Interpol

In October 2020, 19 NGOs, including Human Rights Watch (HRW), were already worried about the possible choice of the Emirati general, « a member of a security apparatus which systematically targets the peaceful opposition ». In addition, BFMTV points out that the election actually included only two candidates and that the Emirati was the favorite, before adding: « Perhaps because the Emirates have just written a check for 50 million euros to the organization. The biggest donation ever received by Interpol. ” At the same time, several complaints of torture against Al-Raisi have been filed in recent months in France, where the organization is based, and in Turkey, the host country of the General Assembly which has been held in Istanbul since November 23.

The NGO Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) accuses in one of these complaints the Emirati general of « acts of torture and barbarism » against the opponent Ahmed Mansoor, detained since 2017 in a cell of 4m2 « without mattress neither protection against the cold ”, nor“ access to a doctor, hygiene, water and sanitary facilities ”. These procedures have so far not been successful.

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