Emirati General Al-Raisi, accused of torture, elected president of Interpol

General Mirati Al-Raisi, accused of torture, accused ; lu president of Interpol

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Istanbul | The Emirati General Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi, the target of several complaints for “torture” in France and Turkey, was elected Thursday in Istanbul as president of Interpol, the police cooperation agency announced. & nbsp;

“Mr. Ahmed Nasser Al-Raisi (…) has been elected as president, ”Interpol said on Twitter. & Nbsp;

The office of president is essentially honorary – the real boss of the organization being its Secretary General -, but human rights organizations and European elected officials were opposed to the election of Mr. Al-Raisi. , considering that it would undermine the mission of Interpol.

The president of Interpol, appointed for four years, fulfills his functions part-time and on a voluntary basis and retains his functions in his country of 'origin. & nbsp;

It is Secretary General Jürgen Stock, reappointed for a second five-year term in 2019, who manages day-to-day affairs.

However, many observers are worried about the arrival of Mr. Al-Raisi as president of the organization.

“We are deeply convinced that the election of General Al-Raisi would damage the mission and the reputation of Interpol and would seriously affect the ability of the organization to carry out its mission effectively,” wrote in mid-November, to the President of the European Commission Ursula Von der Leyen, three MEPs including Marie Arena, President of the European Parliament's Human Rights Sub-Committee.

In October 2020, nineteen NGOs , including Human Rights Watch (HRW), were already worried about the possible choice of the Emirati general, “member of a security apparatus which systematically targets the peaceful opposition”.

In parallel, several complaints for “torture” against Mr. Al-Raisi have been filed in recent months in France, where the organization is based, and in Turkey, the host country of the General Assembly which has been held in Istanbul since Tuesday.

The NGO Gulf Center for Human Rights (GCHR) accuses the Emirati General in one of these complaints of “acts of torture and barbarism” against the opponent Ahmed Mansoor, detained since 2017 in a 4 m2 cell “without mattress or protection against the cold”, or “access to a doctor, hygiene, 'water and sanitation facilities'.

These procedures have so far not been successful.

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