Interpol elected an official of UAE to be president despite rights groups' concerns

Interpol elected an official of UAE to be president despite rights groups' concerns ...

The International Commission for Liberation and Migration announced Thursday that the agency in question elected Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi as its president on Thursday, in spite of claims he failed to act on allegations of torture of detainees in the United Arab Emirates.

The president is a high-profile speaker who chairs Interpol meetings. In spite of his role in partly-time duties, that's not the agency's full-time function. Besides his role as a freelancer, he has a prominent role in the president's overseeing the meeting of interpol's assembly and executive committee.

Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights said in May that Raisi's department had failed to investigate credible allegations of torture by security forces and that electing Raisi would place his commitment to human rights in doubt.

- A spokesperson for the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Raisi believes that the police abuse or abuse of people is unlawful and intolerable. "

Jurgen Stock said Interpol didn't intervene in politics, answering questions about Raisi's candidacy and Interpol's election process.

Stock said this week that we have no choice but to put up a national investigation. "We also have no mandate for our own investigation on national issues. That is the national sovereignty where we must stay away," Stock said.

Human Rights Watch said hundreds of activists, academics and lawyers serve long sentences in UAE jails often following unfair accusations against vague and broad charges. The UAE said those accusations are false and unsubstantiated.

Two men said this week they had brought in a criminal case against Raisi, who was arrested in Istanbul for the Interpol elections.

He went to the United Arab Emirates to study as a doctorate in the government and made himself a doctorate.

Hedges said he was threatened with physical violence and tortured, and tortured his family as he was tortured, in order to return to an overseas military base. "This was done by the Emirati security within a building, that Nasser al-Raisi has responsibility for," he said in Istanbul.

"The possibility that Al-Raisi become Interpol president sets an extremely dangerous precedent, where systematic abuses are legitimised and normalised for other states to continue using them around the world," he added.

The UAE said Hedges didn't undergo physical or psychological mistreatment during his detention.

Ali Issa Ahmad, 29, said that during a holiday at the UAE when he went to watch the Asian Cup in 2019 to get a hold of a terrorist group, after a diplomatic dispute broke out between the two countries.

He said he was electrocuted, beaten and deprived of food, water, and sleep on several days during his detention.

The UAE ministry spokesperson said that any legal complaint filed against Riisi is without merit and is going to be rejected".

Turkey's authorities haven't said if they'll pursue the two men's complaints.

Secretary of State Kim Jong Yang welcomed the newly elected Interpol officials at the closing ceremony of the General Assembly in Istanbul. The ex-chairman said that he hoped they could "count on the continued support of the General Assembly".

"I wish you the best to guide the organisation in this essential supervisory function," he said.

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