What is the legal basis for the right to information?
The functions and competences of the individual organs of the organisation, i.e. also those of the CCF, are determined by the Statutes and General Regulations of Interpol. The Statute gives the Commission, as an independent body under Article 36, exclusive competence to deal with requests of this kind. Given the relevance and sensitivity of this task, it is fundamental that the Commission can carry out the tasks assigned to it free from external influence. It is also under an obligation to keep all information confidential.
Content requirements of the request for information at the CCF
The request for information must be submitted in writing to the CCF in one of the recognised languages (Arabic, English, French or Spanish). The CCF then checks the admissibility of each request and informs the applicant within one month whether the request is admissible.
It is essential that all the required information in the questionnaire is answered in full and that a copy of the identity card is also provided. The reason for the request must be plausibly explained. If the application is declared inadmissible, the CCF will explain the grounds to the applicant and, as a rule, grant the opportunity to submit missing documents and information. If the application is admissible, the CCF will check whether the data on the application can be found in the Interpol system. If data on the application is available and if the request for information, correction or deletion has been submitted, the compliance of the request with the Interpol regulations is checked. If it is determined that an entry exists, the applicant will be informed of this.
The CCF prohibits providing information about an existing international arrest warrant with Interpol in certain exceptional cases. These include the following cases:
- To protect public or national security or to prevent crime,
- to protect the confidentiality of investigations or prosecutions,
- to protect the rights and freedoms of the applicant or a third party.
How long does it take to evaluate an application?
To find out whether there is an entry against you and what exactly it contains, the Commission takes about four months to process it. You should expect at least nine months for an update or deletion of an international arrest warrant or another alert. We will keep you informed of any developments. Send us your request, and we will initiate the process promptly.