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Meng Hongwei elected as new INTERPOL President

Meng Hongwei, high-level police official from China has been elected as the new President of International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

With this, he becomes first Chinese citizen to hold the four-year post.  He was elected at the INTERPOL’s 85th annual general assembly held in Bali, Indonesia and succeeds Mireille “Ballen” Ballestrazzi.

Prior to this appointment, Meng Hongwei was Vice Minister of Public Security in China. He rich experience of 40 years in criminal justice and policing.  In his career he has  overseen affairs related to legal institutions,  counter-terrorism, narcotics control, border control, immigration and international cooperation.

About INTERPOL

  • Interpol is global police co-operation agency and a non-governmental organization (NGO).
  • Its work focuses on public safety and battling terrorism, crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, environmental crime etc.
  • It was established as the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC) in 1923. Its headquartered is located at Lyon, France.
  • It is the 2nd-largest international organization after the United Nations in terms of international representation with 190 member countries.

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WADA inks MoU with China’s Sports Ministry to crack down on supply of PEDS

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sports Ministry of China to crack down on the supply and manufacture of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDS) in the country.

Singing of MoU will help in exchange information between Interpol and China’s law enforcement agencies in order to target and dismantle PEDS producers and help other countries catch drug cheats among their athletes.

PEDS which are basically used as performance-enhancing drugs are openly sold online on Chinese websites and shipped to other countries around the world by regular mail.

Presently, China is world’s top producer and exporter of PEDS which are manufactured and trafficked by underground labs in the country.

About World Anti-Doping Agency

  • WADA is global Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) that aims at harmonizing anti-doping regulations in all sports and countries.
  • It is collective initiative led by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  • Established: in 1999 in Lausanne Switzerland under so called Declaration of Lausanne to coordinate, promote and monitor the fight against drugs in sports.
  • Headquarters: Montreal, Canada.

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Shahrukh becomes new Ambassador for Interpol

In a rare honor, superstar Shahrukh Khan, has become a part of the world’s biggest police organization to create awareness against crime. The crime in these days has taken obnoxious form and has also increased in numbers. The recent video which showed teens shooting a man to death on the streets of Delhi was quite alarming. Also, the growing involvement of juveniles in violence against women has become order of the day.
Internationally, crime has now taken dangerous proportions and thus the latest initiative of Interpol to make renowned public figures as ambassadors to make people aware of the ways to prevent crime from happening is laudable. Shahrukh Khan is the first Indian actor who joins famous names as Jackie Chan, Lionel Messi, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in Interpol ambassadors list.
Interpol is a large network of police forces from 190 countries across the world. It is an organization which helps to combat and track crime and criminals which cross borders. Every member country has a dedicated office for Interpol. Interpol has both police and civilians as its staffers and thus is very effective against handling crime. Civilians are usually employed in finance, legal concerns and HR. The total number of people who can be employed at one time are 650 from across 90 different countries. Each member should have essential knowledge of atleast one of the four essential languages viz. English, French, Arabic and Spanish.
Interpol is able to identify, trace and catch international criminals who are on a run by using a secure police internet known as I-24/7. The police can access this through an I-link portal. This portal is also used to see the most wanted list of Interpol and raise alerts.
Another notable hub of Interpol is CCC i.e. its Command and Control Centre which works 24/7/365. It is like a central control room which coordinates all the activities of Interpol. It has regional centres at Lyon, France and Argentina. The next branch is due to open in Singapore. The staff at CCC are operating all the year round exchanging vital information by sending messages and alerts across the globe.
“It’s a very special honor to be a part of Interpol’s Turn Back Crime Campaign as an ambassador…I believe we can, we should, and we must stand together against the few who commit crimes against any human being, in whatever form or guise these crimes might take,” SRK stated in an Interpol press release issued from Lyon.

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