The Emirates Detainees Advocacy Centre (EDAC) strongly condemns the decision of the General Assembly of Interpol to elect Emirati Major General Ahmed Nasser Al Raisi as President of the organization. This decision ignores all warnings and appeals from human rights organizations and the international community.
The election of Al Raisi, who is accused of torturing political opponents and overseeing and covering up violations against them, will undoubtedly damage the mission and reputation of Interpol, which has been tarnished in recent years after two of its heads were accused of corruption and of exploiting the 'red notice' for political motives.
Interpol's president must embody its values and the mission of the organization, which, according to its charter, "operates in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," which unfortunately does not apply to Al Raisi or the government he represents. The UAE has a poor human rights record, which includes the systematic use of torture. Al Raisi, as Inspector General in the Ministry of Interior, was directly responsible for the torture that took place in the country's detention facilities.
As a representative of the UAE, Al Raisi is not only accused of torture, but is also part of a security apparatus that continues to systematically target peaceful critics. Representation of the organization by a country and an individual responsible for serious human rights violations is contrary to Interpol's mission and objectives.
EDAC believes that the election of a high-ranking official from a human rights violating government as President of Interpol sends a message to the world that Interpol has little or no respect for human rights.
Emirates Detainees Advocacy Center