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India: Federal investigating agency raids local Amnesty International offices, alleges violations of foreign funding

Author: Promit Mukherjee, Reuters, Published on: 14 November 2019

"India's federal police raid local Amnesty International offices", 15 November 2019

India’s federal investigating agency raided the local offices of human rights group Amnesty International...in a probe into alleged violations of foreign funding rules...

The raids were conducted at Amnesty International’s offices in Bengaluru and New Delhi after the CBI registered a case against the group based on a complaint from India’s Home Ministry...

...Amnesty, which has criticized some actions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government in the past, was also accused of violations of foreign funding rules last year.

Amnesty accused Modi’s government of violations of human rights in Kashmir after it revoked the constitutional autonomy of the disputed state...came down heavily on protesters in the aftermath...

India has tightened surveillance of non-profit organizations in the country since Modi took power in 2014, with thousands of civil society groups having their licences to receive foreign donations canceled or suspended.

India’s financial crime investigating agency, the Enforcement Directorate (ED), froze bank accounts of environmental watchdog Greenpeace India last year, forcing the organization to cut its staff to a bare minimum.

Amnesty International’s bank accounts were also frozen by the ED last year.

 

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