Interpol Orange Notice

Interpol Orange Notice

An Interpol Orange Notice is issued to alert law enforcement agencies worldwide about criminals or criminal activities. It is Interpol’s highest-level alert and is used in cases where there is an imminent threat to public safety or national security

Interpol Orange Notices are not publicly available, and very little information is released about them to the general public. This is to prevent the subjects of the notices from becoming aware of them and taking evasive action.

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Interpol Orange Notice

In a bid to protect people from international crimes and imminent threats to public safety, Interpol issues eight different types of notices. That includes Interpol red notices, yellow notices, orange notices, and more.

The Orange Notice serves as a critical tool for international law enforcement cooperation, providing warnings about threats that might harm people’s safety. However, its issuance can have significant legal and reputational implications for individuals or entities mentioned within such notices.

What is an Orange Notice?

Orange Notices are issued to warn law enforcement agencies of an event, person, an object, or process that poses a serious imminent threat to public safety and national security. However, it’s not to be confused with an Interpol red notice, which triggers an arrest pending extradition.

Unlike an Interpol red notice, an orange notice helps national authorities provide information to other states and law enforcement agencies about persons or objects that pose a potential threat.

Usually, the Orange Notice is published based on the person’s criminal background (criminal convictions), or assessment by a national law enforcement agency about the current criminal activities.

Here are some key points about an Orange Notice:

Content: The notice typically includes detailed information about the imminent threat, such as descriptions, photographs, and any relevant data that can help identify and mitigate the risk.

Recipients: This public safety alert is distributed to Interpol’s member countries (currently 195), international organizations, and other law enforcement agencies that can act on the information to enhance people’s safety.

The purpose of an orange notice is to deliver a public safety warning to the member states and other security agencies. That might include information on criminals’ modus operandi, disguised weapons, explosives, and other dangerous materials that might harm public safety. It can also be issued to warn about a person who might pose a threat to people’s safety.

While this notice is crucial in protecting global citizens’ safety, it’s not an arrest warrant and does not lead to the detention of people. However, it can have negative consequences in the form of immigration restrictions if border control authorities refuse to allow the subject of the Orange Alert to enter the country.

How to Check the Interpol Orange Notice List?

The procedure for checking whether you are subject to an Orange Notice is no different from checking any other INTERPOL Notice. You must properly prepare a request for access to INTERPOL files and send it to the Commission for the Construction of INTERPOL Files.

The Commission should then conduct appropriate checks of the Interpol Information System and, if necessary, consult with the National Central Bureau of the country that entered the data into the system. 

As a general rule, the Commission responds to a request for access to INTERPOL files within 4 months from the date on which the request is recognized as acceptable for consideration. However, be ready to face delays in responses from CCF.

Removing Interpol’s Orange Notice

Orange Notices are a vital tool used by international law enforcement to alert member countries about potential threats posed by specific individuals, events, or objects that could endanger people’s safety. However, there are circumstances where an Orange Notice was wrongfully issued, and it should be challenged.

Despite the complexity of these procedures, these Interpol Notices can still be removed if you work with an experienced lawyer who understands the intricacies of Interpol’s legal framework. An experienced legal professional can guide you through the necessary steps, gather and present the required documentation, and will communicate effectively with Interpol to ensure a fair and thorough review of your case. With the help of experienced lawyers, you could also make the preliminary request to Interpol, to ensure your case will not be processed.

Procedure for Challenge:

  1. Filing a Request: The applicant must submit a written request to the CCF, detailing the challenge’s grounds and supporting evidence. This request should clearly state why the notice is considered unjust or unlawful.
  2. Review by the CCF: The CCF will conduct a thorough review of the request from 9 month, examining the validity of the arguments and the evidence provided. The review process includes an assessment of whether the notice complies with Interpol’s rules and the broader legal standards.
  3. Decision Making: After its review, the CCF will issue a decision on the annual session of the Commission. The decision is communicated to the requesting party and the relevant Interpol member country that issued the notice.

Grounds to Challenge an Orange Notice:

Inaccuracy of Information: The data contained in the notice is incorrect or outdated. A good orange notice Interpol example, in this case, is when security warnings are no longer actual because the existing risks have been eliminated or the person has been cleared of suspicion.

Political motivation persecution: The notice was issued in violation of Interpol’s Constitution, particularly Article 3, which prohibits the organization from undertaking any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious, or racial character.

Violation of Fundamental Rights: The issuance of the notice violates fundamental human rights, such as the right to a fair trial, privacy, or freedom of movement.

An INTERPOL Orange Notice is not a sentence, but a legal challenge requires the expertise of experienced INTERPOL lawyers. At Interpol Law Firm, our team of international lawyers has extensive experience in challenging various types of INTERPOL notices. We have handled cases involving the misuse of Orange Notices and understand how to challenge abuses and other details of INTERPOL notices effectively.

If you are facing an INTERPOL Orange Notice, contact us immediately for professional legal assistance and to protect your rights.

Lawyer Kendall Coffey
Kendall Coffey
Senior Partner
Mr. Coffey is a former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida (1993-1996); and served as Chair of, the Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (April 2009 – January 2017).
How can I get more information about an Interpol Orange Notice?
The first step is to check the public list. However, you can make an application to Interpol to find out if you are on the agency's closed list, but you should seek expert advice before making such an application, as the requesting member state may find out about your whereabouts as a result of the application. Interpol is not always required to disclose your whereabouts. We have extensive experience in handling such appeals to Interpol.
What is the purpose of an Interpol Orange Notice?
The main purpose of an Orange Notice is to warn member countries about potential threats that could affect public safety. This includes alerts about hidden dangerous devices, disguised contraband, unsafe goods, or unsecured hazardous materials that might be transported across borders.
What type of information is included in an Orange Notice?
An Orange Notice includes detailed information about the threat, such as the nature of the dangerous objects or methods, descriptions, photographs, and any other relevant details that can assist in recognition and prevention.
Who benefits from Orange Notices?
Law enforcement agencies, border control authorities, customs agencies, and other public safety organizations benefit from Orange Notices. These notices help them in identifying and responding to threats to public safety.
How can an Orange Notice impact public safety?
By providing detailed warnings about potential dangers and advising on how to recognize and mitigate these threats, Orange Notices play a crucial role in preventing accidents and enhancing public security. They facilitate international cooperation in managing public safety risks.
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