Two candidates vying for the next president of Interpol have faced widespread opposition from human rights activists.

Concerns focused on Major General Ahmed Naser Al Raisi of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Hu Binchen of China, two of the three candidates currently vying for the post.

Two British men who were previously imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates have accused Al Raisi of torture and have filed complaints against him in the UK, France, Sweden and Norway, according to The Guardian. Al Raisi is currently the Inspector General of the UAE Ministry of Interior.

“He is absolutely responsible for the torture. The message his candidacy sends is that not only can you do it and get away with it, but be rewarded, ”Matthew Hedges told the newspaper.

In an editorial for National, a UAE-based newspaper, Al Raisi touted the UAE’s use of technology to fight crime and said he wanted to “modernize and transform” Interpol.

A coalition of 19 organizations also wrote a letter condemning the UAE’s “weak human rights record, including the systematic use of torture and ill-treatment in state security facilities.”

The letter warns that the appointment of Al Raisi “would damage the reputation of Interpol and would be in great contradiction with the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the mission of the organization”.

They further accused Al Raisi of being “part of a security apparatus which continues to systematically target peaceful criticism, rendering civic space virtually non-existent.”

The UAE Embassy in Washington DC did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.

Hu, the Chinese candidate, is currently deputy director of the international cooperation department at the country’s Ministry of Public Security.

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The letter said having Hu as the head of Interpol could endanger thousands of Chinese political dissidents.

He added that the election of Hu would signal “a green light” for the Chinese government “to continue its misuse of Interpol and put the tens of thousands of Hong Kong, Uyghur, Tibetan, Taiwanese and Chinese dissidents living abroad. an even more serious risk, ”NBC mentioned.

China has defended Hu’s candidacy to be Interpol’s next president.

“China’s proposal of suitable candidates for the Interpol Executive Committee is a specific measure to actively support the organization’s goals of combating terrorism, transnational crime and” making the world a safer place “as a member of the organization, and to make positive contributions to international police cooperation, ”a Foreign Department spokesperson told NBC News.

Interpol did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.