Guest Leads Bipartisan Letter of Support for Taiwan’s Inclusion in International Police Organization

November 18, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Representatives Michael Guest (R-MS), John Curtis (R-UT), and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) led a bipartisan letter in support of Taiwan’s inclusion in the Interpol General Assembly meeting and other Interpol activities to Attorney General Merrick Garland, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Interpol Washington Director Michael Hughes.

The letter encourages the executive branch and diplomatic corps to work with Interpol colleagues to secure Taiwan’s participation in this year’s General Assembly meeting, November 23-25, as an observer and ensure Taiwan is able to attend other relevant meetings, activities, and mechanisms under Interpol to combat terrorism, organized crimes, and cybercrime.

“Taiwan is an important player in the global effort to combat international crime and deserves a role at the Interpol General Assembly,” said Rep. Guest. “Taiwan’s presence would assist in the international effort to combat crime and help curb the potential for the Chinese government to use the organization’s systems against political dissidents, threats to its regime, or the people of Taiwan. It’s vital this Administration take a stand and push for Taiwan’s admittance into Interpol.”

“Taiwan deserves a seat at the table to work with the U.S. and other democratic partners to root out corruption and abuse in Interpol,” said Rep. Curtis. “This Administration needs to fulfill the intent laws passed by Congress, counter China’s influence, and make a strong push for Taiwan’s participation in Interpol ahead of the General Assembly meeting later this month.”

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) is an international organization facilitating global police cooperation with its 194 member countries. This mission is carried out by enabling member countries to share and access data on crimes and criminals, as well as access technical support for global crime-fighting.  The main tool in data sharing and cooperation is the I-24/7 global police communications system, which provides real-time information on criminals and global criminal activities. Recently, malign actors, including China and Belarus, have used the I-24/7’s “red-notice” alert system to harass political dissidents or individuals these governments see as a threat to their regimes.

Taiwan is not a member of Interpol, nor does the country have observer status within the organization. This means that they are unable to access the data provided through the I-24/7 system. This hurts Taiwan’s overall ability to fight global crime, but also poses a threat that the system can be used against them by the Chinese.

The letter highlights existing laws that require the U.S. to develop a strategy to have Taiwan included as a member or observer of Interpol.

Read the full letter here.

Congressman Michael Guest represents Mississippi's Third Congressional District. Currently serving his second term, Congressman Guest serves as the Vice Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, as a Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and as a Member of the Committee on Ethics.

 

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