Arrest Warrants: Turkey

Home Office written question – answered on 12th March 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have received evidence showing that Turkey has used Interpol or Europol notices to harass politically active Turks and non-Turks who have no connection to crimes or terrorism.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department, Minister for Equalities (Department for International Development)

Interpol has an independent review body, the Commission for the Control of Files, which seeks to ensure that the processing of personal information by Interpol is in compliance with the Interpol’s regulations. This minimises scope for abuse of Interpol procedures, and we are not aware of successful abuse of Interpol procedures that are outside of the organisation’s framework by any member country.

Whilst Turkey has a strategic cooperation agreement with Europol, the agreement does not authorise the transmission of data related to an identified individual or identifiable individuals. Turkey therefore does not have access to any personal data held by Europol.

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