Interpol’s 87th General Assembly is scheduled to be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates from Nov. 16 to Nov. 21. Police chiefs and other senior law-enforcement officials will gather at the event to discuss a range of policing and security issues, including foreign terrorists and cybercrime. However, among the 192 member nations of the Interpol, Taiwan is absent — despite the fact that the island is a net contributor to international law enforcement.
Taiwan has the right and responsibility as a member of the global community to participate in and contribute to international organizations, such as Interpol. Taiwan’s inclusion is important not only for the 23 million people on the island, but for the entire international community as well. Regaining access to Interpol’s law-enforcement infrastructure will ensure that Taiwan can quickly obtain and share the latest intelligence on criminals and global criminal activities. That helps everyone’s security.
Research fellow, Institute for Taiwan-America Studies