Hours after Amnesty International declared that it could halt operations in India and alleged a witch-hunt, the federal government stated “human rights cannot be an excuse to defy the law of the land.”
“Amnesty is free to continue humanitarian work in India, as is being done by many other organisations. However, India, by settled law, does not allow interference in domestic political debates by entities funded by foreign donations. This law applies equally to all and it shall apply to Amnesty International as well,” the federal government stated in an announcement on Tuesday.
This morning, Amnesty alleged that its accounts had been frozen earlier this month, so it was compelled to let go of its employees in India and pause all its ongoing marketing campaign and analysis work.
“The complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the government of India, which it came to know on 10 September, brings all the work being done by the organisation to a grinding halt,” stated the worldwide rights watchdog.
“This is the latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organisations by the government of India over unfounded and motivated allegations,” stated Amnesty, claiming that it had complied with all Indian and worldwide legal guidelines.
Amnesty linked all authorities motion to its studies vital of the federal government; its latest studies raised questions on alleged rights violations in the course of the February Delhi riots and in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.
The authorities stated the statements made by Amnesty International “are unfortunate, exaggerated and far from the truth”.
It stated the organisation had acquired international funding illegally. According to the house ministry, Amnesty International had acquired permission beneath the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) solely as soon as and that too 20 years in the past.