Amnesty Intl. halts operations citing harassments, threats, freezing of bank account in Modi’s India
Amnesty said that after constant harassment over the past two years, the freezing of bank accounts has forced them to stop their research and lay off staff.
Amnesty International has announced to halt operations in India after the Modi-led government froze its bank accounts on the 10th of September. In an official statement, the global rights body accused the right-wing administration of harassment, which has forced them to stop their research on human rights abuse in the South-Asian state.
The organization has blamed the BJP-led government of running an “incessant witch hunt” campaign against human rights organizations over “unfounded and motivated” allegations.
It said that after constant harassment over the past two years, the freezing of bank accounts has forced them to stop their research and lay off staff.
“The continuing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts are not accidental,” said Avinash Kumar, Executive Director of Amnesty International India, in a statement.
The continuing crackdown on @AIIndia over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts is not accidental. This is not the end of Amnesty India's commitment to human rights, we will not be silenced by the attacks of the government. pic.twitter.com/pgZprkfIfe
— Amnesty International (@amnesty) September 29, 2020
Amnesty said that Enforcement Directorate, the federal financial crimes investigation agency, has purposefully targetted it to silence its voice.
The global rights watchdog added that repeated attacks by the government agencies are a result of their ‘unequivocal calls for transparency’. The organization has actively raised voice demanding accountability of the Delhi police and the Indian government for the grave human rights violations in Delhi riots and Kashmir.
Krishnan, the secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association (AIPWA), said that this step is a ‘warning’ from the government. She said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to convey a message that if you don’t stop raising voice against human rights violations in India, he won’t let you function.
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