Interpol opened its general assembly in Beijing yesterday as China seeks greater global help to repatriate alleged criminals - despite accusations it is using the worldwide police organisation for political gain. Meng is a powerful vice minister in the Ministry of Public Security, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and tasked with silencing dissent. A year ago alone they cooperated with local authorities on 4,460 cases, it said.
"China highly commends Interpol's efforts to protect the world's security and stability, and will continue to support Interpol to play an even more important role in global security governance", the official Xinhua news agency cited Xi as saying.
Human Rights Watch says Beijing has misused Interpol's "red notice" arrest warrant system to arrest fugitive ex-officials and business people wanted for corruption, as well as political dissidents such as Dolkun Isa, a German-based activist ethnic Uighur activist.
Such requests have met resistance, particularly from Western countries where there have been concerns over whether evidence submitted by China met acceptable standards for Western courts.
Interpol Secretary-General Juergen Stock, a German national, said the organization had "significantly increased" vetting of red notice requests from all 190 member countries and a year ago "99 per cent" complied with Interpol's internal regulations.
The group also mentioned US -based activist Wang Zaigang, whom it said appeared to have been targeted with a red notice in response to his activities promoting Chinese democracy. It urged Interpol to take steps to curb abuse of the red notice system, while establishing measures to prevent wrongful arrests and extradition.
"Interpol claims to operate according to worldwide human rights standards, but China has already shown a willingness to manipulate the system", said Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch. "And with China's vice-minister of public security.as president, Interpol's credibility is on the line". "Interpol needs to explain how it will avoid becoming an arm of the Chinese government overseas, using red notices against dissidents and forcing people back to torture in China".
Pressure on Guo has been building since April, when a red notice was issued seeking his arrest on corruption-related charges.