Interpol faces criticism for allowing Syria to rejoin its network

Interpol has allowed Syria to rejoin its communications network, a widely criticised decision that gives Damascus new powers to pursue refugees and dissidents living outside the country.

Legal experts and activists fear the lifting of the measures could expose people who fled the war to detention and extradition, as well as complicating asylum applications and international legal cases against Syrian officials.

The Syrian government is already relentless in its pursuit of dissidents at home and abroad. During the decade-old war, tens of thousands of people have disappeared into a prison system notorious for torture and mass executions.