86th INTERPOL General Assembly: Mixed Messages for Refugees

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Friday, October 13, 2017
Yuriy Nemets

On September 26, 2017, in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping officially welcomed the 86th INTERPOL General Assembly.  As this year’s host of the INTERPOL “body of the supreme authority” and a member country whose citizen currently serves as the President of INTERPOL, China could not have escaped scrutiny over its role in the organization’s work.  While in their speeches President Xi Jinping called for cooperation among the nations in fighting crime and President Meng Hongwei warned of political “black swans,” growing anti-globalist sentiments, the rising refugee crisis, terrorism, and problems caused by the scientific and industrial revolutions, human rights advocates and media reported examples of China’s abuse of INTERPOL’s resources against its government’s political opponents.