Amnesty Shuts India Office Blaming Government ‘Witch-Hunt’
Human rights watchdogAmnesty International said it has been forced to halt its India operations amid “constant harassment” from government agencies, including the freezing of its bank accounts in the country.
“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 in astatement on Tuesday.
Amnesty International said its India unit’s bank accounts have been suspended earlier this month and it was compelled to let go of staff and halt its research and campaigning activities in the country. The campaigns that drew the government’s ire included calls for transparency and accountability for human rights violations during theriots in Delhi earlier this year and the scrapping ofautonomy in Kashmir, it said.
The federal home ministry did not immediately respond to the allegations.
The rights group has faced multiple investigations in India over the last few years and the government has said that its probes were looking into allegations that Amnesty misused local laws about receiving and using foreign funding. The organization said it was in full compliance with all applicable Indian and international laws.
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