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Amnesty International halts India operations, says due to reprisal from Modi government


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Human rights organization Amnesty International has halted its India operations alleging witch-hunt by the Government of India after its bank accounts were freezed.

"The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the Government of India which it came to know on 10 September 2020, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt.  The organisation has been compelled to let go of staff in India and pause all its ongoing campaign and research work. This is latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organizations by the Government of India over unfounded and motivated allegations," Amnesty International India said today.

Amnesty also claimed that it had complied with all Indian and international laws.

It further talked about the government crackdown as a response to its reports on alleged human rights violations during the Delhi riots earlier this year and in J&K after the Article 370 abrogation.

"The continuing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts is not accidental. The constant harassment by government agencies including the Enforcement Directorate is a result of our unequivocal calls for transparency in the government, more recently for accountability of the Delhi police and the government of India regarding the grave human rights violations in Delhi riots and Jammu and Kashmir.

For a movement that has done nothing but raise its voices against injustice, this latest attack is akin to freezing dissent," said Avinash Kumar, Executive Director of Amnesty International India.

(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)