INTERPOL statement on lifting corrective measures applied to Syria

Syria has been a member country of INTERPOL since 1953. Since December 2012, corrective measures have been applied to the National Central Bureau (NCB) in Damascus in relation to use of the INTERPOL Information System. These measures did not affect the status of Syria as a member country of INTERPOL.

Based on improvements in its data processing activities, which had been closely monitored by the General Secretariat headquarters, in June 2021 the Executive Committee decided to lift the corrective measures. The decision was implemented in October 2021 after additional training for NCB Damascus staff.

The decision to lift the corrective measures was based on INTERPOL’s rules and does not reflect any position by INTERPOL on recent events concerning Syria. INTERPOL is barred from taking any political positions under Article 3 of its Constitution.

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