NEMETS advises and represents individuals challenging INTERPOL red notices and diffusions. Although INTERPOL, the world’s largest international police organization with 194 member countries, plays an important role in fighting crime, its resources are often abused by governments that use INTERPOL to persecute political opponents or entrepreneurs-victims of illegal takeovers of their businesses. 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 the organization’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 also testified as an expert witness on the subject. His articles about INTERPOL red notice abuse and the rights of individuals on the international wanted list are published in authoritative law reviews and journals in the United States and Russia. He is also the founder of Red Notice Abuse Report. At the request of the United States Helsinki Commission, Yuriy has drafted amendments to INTERPOL’s rules necessary to protect the rights of individuals on the international wanted list and amendments to the United States legislation to stop the practice of using INTERPOL red notices and diffusions as evidence against individuals in bond and extradition hearings. Yuriy is a member of a working group to reform INTERPOL. He has spoken about INTERPOL abuse at 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.