Meng was the president of the International Criminal Police Organization, known as Interpol, the planet’s cross-border law enforcement cooperation body.
As China’s nominee for the Interpol job in 2016, he ran the organization while retaining his long-term title as China’s vice-minister for public security.
Interpol meekly accepted a letter of resignation purportedly sent from Meng in detention.
According to some reports , the letter did not even contain his signatureLike many international organizations, Interpol claims to uphold values that transcend partisan politics, and like many international organizations, it is largely dominated by the maneuvering of realpolitik.
In the end, Interpol made the right choice, but this does not erase its seeming dismissal of Meng’s treatment.
In a London press conference on Tuesday with the exiled Putin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Browder warned that should Prokopchuk be elected, he’d be even less able to travel freely to coordinate his work against Putin, lest he be sent to Russia under the guise of Interpol to be “tortured and killed” like his friend before him.
Browder and Khodorkovsky have launched a legal attempt to have Russia suspended from Interpol, which will likely fail, but may raise further public questions about the organization’s attitude toward international political dissidents.
But when it comes to tackling the abuse of diffusion notices, the United States’ own position has been heavily undermined by President Trump’s friendship with Vladimir Putin, particularly after this summer’s Helsinki summit, when the President seemed to entertain the idea of allowing Putin’s agents to interrogate Browder.
When the US President publicly mulls the idea of handing citizens over to Russia without due cause, it’s hard for US officials to complain when Interpol proposes to do just that.
Wednesday’s Interpol vote may not have been the biggest news in the United States, but it has real consequences for US citizens.
This was the latest test in how far international norms on human rights still make an impact in global diplomacy — and Interpol passed, just at the last minute.
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