The organization speaks of ‘a witch hunt by the Indian government’ and says it can no longer do its job. All staff have been sent home and ongoing investigations are on hold.
Amnesty International has published in recent months on various topics that are very sensitive in India, such as the situation in the state of Kashmir and the crackdown by the police.
“This has everything to do with our work, and the government that does not want to answer the questions we ask,” explains the director.
In a report last month, Amnesty concluded that the police had violated human rights on a large scale early this year. This happened during protests against a controversial immigrant law, which gave the Muslim minority in India fewer rights.
Heavy-handed police action
During the large-scale protests, police assaulted and tortured Muslim protesters, Amnesty International said.
Amnesty also published about the tensions in Kashmir, the state that largely lost its autonomy after a decades-old agreement was torn up last year. Amnesty International calls on the authorities to be transparent about the situation in Kashmir. The region is almost completely closed to journalists and international organizations.
Indian authorities argue that Amnesty International has violated legislation pertaining to foreign funding of human rights organizations. Amnesty states that it has kept all agreements.
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