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Amnesty International says work in India halted after Government freezes Bank Accounts

Lawstreet Journal 30 Sep 2020 10:39pm

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Human rights organization Amnesty International India on Tuesday announced that it has been “compelled to let go of staff in India” and stop all its work as its bank accounts have been frozen. In a statement, the organization called the government’s move to freeze its bank accounts a witch-hunt “over unfounded and motivated allegations”. 

“The continuing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts are not accidental,” said Amnesty International India Executive Director Avinash Kumar. “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 & Kashmir.

For a movement that has done nothing but raises its voices against injustice, this latest attack is akin to freezing dissent.” It alleged that it's “lawful fundraising model” was being portrayed as money-laundering because it has challenged the “government’s grave inactions and excesses”. “Amnesty International India stands in full compliance with all applicable Indian and international laws,” it said. “For human rights work in India, it operates through a distinct model of raising funds domestically. More than four million Indians have supported Amnesty International India’s work in the last eight years and around 100,000 Indians have made financial contributions. These contributions evidently cannot have any relation with the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.”

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