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World Amnesty suspends India work due to govt 'witch hunt'

11:15  29 september  2020
11:15  29 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Amnesty International has been forced to halt its work in India and lay off staff after the government froze its bank accounts across the country. The Guardian has approached the government for comment. Amnesty said it had been targeted with raids by police and threats of baseless prosecutions.

Amnesty International suspended human rights work in India after an Indian government investigative Read more: Indian police raid Amnesty International offices. The government of India froze Amnesty accused the Indian government of carrying out a " witch hunt of human rights

Amnesty International said Tuesday it has suspended its Indian operations after its bank accounts were frozen in what it called a government "witch-hunt" against rights groups.

a hand holding a glass: Amnesty International has suspended its Indian operations after its bank accounts were frozen in what it called a government © BEN STANSALL Amnesty International has suspended its Indian operations after its bank accounts were frozen in what it called a government "witch-hunt" against rights groups

Non-governmental organisations have long alleged they face harassment from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist administration for highlighting rights abuses, including in restive Indian-administered Kashmir.

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Amnesty International India on Saturday said the government decision to cancel Teesta Setalvad’s NGO’s licence was due to her work in seeking The government must end its NGO witch - hunt ,” Patel said. Setalvad and her husband Javed Anand were among those who had helped a section of

Amnesty International India , Bangalore, India . 188,031 likes · 1,091 talking about this. The Modi government has launched a witch - hunt of students and activists and is charging them under the draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

Amnesty said that it came to know on September 10 that its Indian bank accounts were frozen, forcing it to let go of staff and pause all ongoing campaign and research work.

"This is the latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organizations by the Government of India over unfounded and motivated allegations," the group said in a statement.

Amnesty said that the freezing of its accounts is "no accident" after it issued a series of reports alleging "grave human rights violations" by police in deadly sectarian riots in New Delhi in February, and by security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir.

"Treating human rights organisations like criminal enterprises and dissenting individuals as criminals without any credible evidence is a deliberate attempt... to stoke a climate of fear and dismantle the critical voices in India," said Avinash Kumar, Amnesty India's executive director.

"It reeks of fear and repression, ignores the human cost to this crackdown particularly during a pandemic and violates people's basic rights to freedom of speech and expression, assembly, and association guaranteed by the Indian Constitution," he said in the statement.

The Indian government was yet to comment on Amnesty's announcement.

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