Article 2

Article 2 of the Interpol’s Constitution: :provides that INTERPOL’s mandate is to ensure and promote international police cooperation ‘in the spirit of the ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights.’”

Article 3

Article 3 of the Constitution: provides that ‘it is strictly prohibited for the Organization to undertake any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character’; this is sometimes referred to as the ‘neutrality rule’.


CCF: the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files, the body tasked under INTERPOL’s Constitution with advising the INTERPOL General Secretariat on a horizontal basis, conducting spot checks of files and handling requests to access or delete information from individuals.


Diffusion is  a request for international cooperation, including the arrest, detention or restriction of movement of a convicted or accused person, sent by a National Central Bureau directly to other NCBs and simultaneously recorded in a police database of INTERPOL.

Draft Red Notice

This is an unofficial term used to denote the temporary record stored on INTERPOL’s databases when a National Central Bureau uses i-link to upload a Red Notice request. This record is marked with the indication ‘request being processed’ pending publication of the Red Notice by the General Secretariat, which will review the information within 24 hours.


This is the  information-technology solution enabling National Central Bureaus to record information directly on INTERPOL’s databases. This includes submission of the information for a Red Notice in provisional form.


INTERPOL stands for the International Criminal Police Organization – INTERPOL.


NCB stands for “National Central Bureau.”  This is  the division of the national executive authorities which acts as a contact point with INTERPOL and other NCBs, including, in particular, by issuing Draft Red Notices and Diffusions and accessing and distributing information from INTERPOL’s files.


RCI or Rules on the Control of Information and Access to INTERPOL’s Fileswhich contain provisions regulating the work of the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files.

Red Notice

Red Notice electronic alerts are published by the General Secretariat at the request of a National Central Bureau in order to seek the location of a wanted person and his/her detention, arrest or restriction of movement for the purpose of extradition, surrender, or similar lawful action.


RDP refers INTERPOL’s Rules on the Processing of Data which regulate INTERPOL’s and the NCBs’ processing of information, which includes specific conditions for Red Notices and Diffusions.