Prime Minister of India will address the 90th General Assembly of INTERPOL at New Delhi.
About the General Assembly of Interpol
- The meeting will be attended by delegations from 195 INTERPOL member countries comprising of Ministers, Police Chiefs of countries, Heads of National Central Bureaus and Senior police officers.
- The General Assembly is INTERPOL’s supreme governing body and meets once a year to take key decisions related to its functioning.
- The INTERPOL General Assembly meeting is taking place in India after a gap of about 25 years it was last held in 1997. India’s proposal to host the INTERPOL General Assembly in 2022 at New Delhi coinciding with celebrations for 75th year of India’s independence was accepted by the General Assembly with overwhelming majority.
- The event provides an opportunity to showcase best practices in India’s law and order system to the entire world.
Back to Basics
- An international organization that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control. Headquartered in Lyon, France, it is the world’s largest international police organization, with seven regional bureaus worldwide and a National Central Bureau in all 195 member states.
- Interpol provides investigative support, expertise, and training to law enforcement worldwide, focusing on three major areas of transnational crime: terrorism, cybercrime, and organized crime.
- Its broad mandate covers virtually every kind of crime, including crimes against humanity, child pornography, drug trafficking and production, political corruption, intellectual property infringement, and white-collar crime.
- The agency also facilitates cooperation among national law enforcement institutions through criminal databases and communications networks.
- Contrary to popular belief, Interpol is itself not a law enforcement agency.
- It is governed by a General Assembly composed of all member countries, which elects the executive committee and the President (currently Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi of the United Arab Emirates) to supervise and implement Interpol’s policies and administration.
- Day-to-day operations are carried out by the General Secretariat, comprising around 1,000 personnel from over 100 countries, including both police and civilians.
- Pursuant to its charter, Interpol seeks to remain politically neutral in fulfilling its mandate, and is thus barred from interventions or activities that are political, military, religious, or racial in nature and from involving itself in disputes over such matters.
- The agency operates in four languages: Arabic, English, French and Spanish.
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