NEMETS advises and represents clients in international extradition proceedings and before INTERPOL. Although INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organization with 192 member countries, plays an important role in fighting crime, its resources are often abused by governments that use INTERPOL red notices and diffusions to persecute political opponents or target businessmen who have become victims of corrupt prosecutions based on trumped-up charges. INTERPOL’s Constitution requires that the organization act in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and strictly forbids it from undertaking any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character. Individuals have the right to challenge abusive red notices and diffusions before the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF), an independent body established to ensure that the information disseminated via INTERPOL’s channels is processed in accordance with INTERPOL’s Constitution and regulations. If a red notice or diffusion is based on a politically motivated or otherwise corrupt prosecution, INTERPOL must refuse to cooperate with the government and delete the red notice or diffusion from its databases.
Yuriy Nemets, the law firm’s managing member, has successfully advised and represented individuals on the INTERPOL wanted list. He has authored a number of articles about INTERPOL abuse and the rights of individuals on the international wanted list. He is also the founder of the Red Notice Abuse Report. Yuriy has spoken about INTERPOL abuse at the events organized by the American Bar Association and Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists and as a guest lecturer at Texas A&M University School of Law. He has given interviews and advised reporters and scholars covering INTERPOL abuse. At the request of the United States Helsinki Commission, Yuriy has drafted a proposal to amend INTERPOL’s rules to better protect the rights of individuals on the international wanted list and to amend the United States legislation to stop the practice of using red notices and diffusions as evidence against individuals in asylum, extradition and bail proceedings.