Interpol Current Affairs - 2019

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Kim Jong-yang of South Korea elected as new President of Interpol

Kim Jong Yang of South Korea was elected Interpol President for two-year term by member countries at 87th General Assembly of Interpol, held for first time in Dubai. He secured at least two-thirds of votes cast at general assembly and defeated Russia’s Alexander Prokopchuk. He will serve until 2020, completing the four-year mandate of his predecessor, Meng Hongwei, who was detained in China over corruption charges.  

INTERPOL

Interpol is global police co-operation agency and a non-governmental organization (NGO). It was established as the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC) in 1923. Its headquartered is located at Lyon, France.  It is the world’s largest international police organization, with 194 member countries (including India). It is second-largest international organization after United Nations in terms of international representation.

Its work focuses on public safety and battling terrorism, crimes against humanity, genocide, war crimes, environmental crime etc. It seeks to facilitate international police cooperation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. It ensures that police around world have access to tools and services necessary to do their jobs effectively. It also provides targeted training, expert investigative support, relevant data and secure communications channels.

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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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