Amnesty International has announced that it has been forced to halt its India operations due to attacks from the Modi administration over-reporting on grave human rights in Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the details, Amnesty International in its statement said the organization has been compelled to let go of staff in India and pause all its 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
Avinash Kumar, Executive Director of Amnesty International India said,
“The continuing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts is not accidental.”
“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,” he said .
It should be noted that earlier in August, on the first anniversary of the abrogation of Indian illegally occupied Jammu Kashmir’s special status, Amnesty International had called for the release of all detained political leaders, activists, and journalists, and for the resumption of high-speed internet services in the region.
In 2019, the watchdog testified before the US Foreign Affairs Committee during a hearing on human rights in South Asia, where it highlighted its findings on arbitrary detentions, and the use of excessive force and torture in Kashmir.