Chairman Matt Salmon Applauds Final, Unanimous Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Allow Taiwan into INTERPOL

Mar 14, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, today applauded the final passage of bipartisan legislation he introduced that would promote Taiwan’s participation as an observer in the International Criminal Police Organization, or INTERPOL.

“There is no good reason to categorically exclude a vibrant nation like Taiwan from membership in INTERPOL.  The Taiwanese government faces the same disturbing international criminals as other nations in the world. In addition to encouraging the full sharing of information on international criminal gangs, terrorists, and bad actors worldwide, the bipartisan bill I introduced continues the United States’ very important show of solidarity with the democratic Taiwanese government.  I look forward to this bill quickly becoming law.”

Background:  INTERPOL was designed to promote the widest possible mutual assistance between all criminal police authorities in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  From 1964 until 1984, Taiwan enjoyed full membership in INTERPOL, but was removed when the People’s Republic of China applied for membership.  This bill, first introduced by Congressman Salmon in 2015 and sent to the Senate in November, will require the President to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan in INTERPOL.  Specifically, it requires an official request for observer status for Taiwan, active urging of member states to assist in the effort, and a status report to Congress.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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