An international police organization, with 184 member countries. It was formed in 1923, and facilitates international police cooperation; it supports and assists other law enforcement organizations. It operates to facilitate international police cooperation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Interpol's constitution prohibits ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character’.