The Interpol Red Notice

INTERPOL notices are alerts or requests for international cooperation that allow police in member countries to exchange crucial information about a particular crime. Red notices are for fugitives wanted for prosecution or for the purpose of enforcing a sentence.

A red notice is a request to law enforcement agencies around the world to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender or other legal proceedings. Notices are issued by the Interpol General Secretariat at the request of a National Central Bureau and are made known to all member countries.

The United Nations, international criminal tribunals and the International Criminal Court may also issue notices for persons wanted for offences within their jurisdiction, such as genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Most notices are strictly for law enforcement use only and are not made public; however, in some cases where there is a need to alert or seek the assistance of the general public, an excerpt of the notice may be published on the INTERPOL website. In contrast, United Nations Special notices are always public.

The Commission for the Control of Interpol's Files (CCF) is an independent authority which ensures that the processing of personal data through Interpol channels complies with the organization's rules.

3 types of requests can be brought before the CCF :

  • Request for access to information that may be contained in Interpol's information system;
  • Request for deletion or correction of information contained in Interpol's information system;
  • Request for revision.
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