Amnesty says it’s halting work in India due to gov’t ‘witch hunt’ | India

The law enforcement agency says it has ceased operations and frozen its bank accounts due to continued government action over the past two years.

Amnesty International India says work in India is halted due to an “incessant witch hunt” by the Hindu nationalist government of India.

The rights group said the bank account of their office in India had been frozen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, forcing them to release staff and halt campaigning and research in the South Asian nation.

“The ongoing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the past two years and complete bank account freezes are no accident,” Avinash Kumar, executive director of Amnesty International India, said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The constant harassment by government agencies, including the enforcement agency, is the result of our clear call for transparency in the government, more recently the accountability of the Delhi police and the Indian government for the serious human rights abuses in the riots in Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir.

“For a movement that has done nothing but raise its voices against injustice, this latest attack is like freezing dissent.”

The Indian government has not yet commented on the allegations.

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