OPINION: Interpol Must Let Taiwan Join Its 87th General Assembly

Taiwan wants to obtain observer status at Interpol’s General Assembly, set to be held from Nov. 18 to 21.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/11/12
By: Kent Wang

Credit: Reuters / Jason Lee

The 87th Interpol General Assembly is scheduled to be held at the Dubai World Trade Center in the United Arab Emirates from Nov. 18 to 21.

Interpol is the world’s largest international police organization, enabling police around the world to work together to make the world a safer place. Police chiefs and other senior law enforcement officials will gather at the event to discuss a range of policing and security issues including foreign terrorist fighters and cybercrime.

However, among the 192 member nations of the Interpol, Taiwan is absent, despite the fact that the island is a net contributor to international law enforcement.

Despite being a major U.S. trade partner, Taiwan has to rely on delayed, second-hand information about international criminals and global criminal activities. This makes Taiwan needlessly vulnerable to criminality. The increasing global threat of terrorist attacks requires a more efficient system for sharing information within a network of countries.    [FULL  STORY]

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