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Amnesty Nepal Activists Protesting Against Indian Government’s Crackdown on Amnesty India, Arrested

Reportedly, more than 30 Amnesty Nepal activists were arrested by armed police in Kathmandu

Amnesty Nepal activists protesting outside the Indian embassy in Kathmandu on Friday, November 30, against the Indian government’s crackdown of Amnesty India were reportedly arrested by local police.

Reportedly, more than 30 Amnesty Nepal activists, conducting peaceful protests against the crackdown on their Indian counterparts, were arrested by armed forces early on Friday morning. Criticising the arrests, Amnesty Nepal tweeted, “#keephumanrightsalive @narendramodi should rectify his ways of muzzling critical voices and #humanrights activism and stand up to the values and ideals his government represents as a member to the @UN #HumanRightsCouncil.”

Amnesty India also tweeted in support of Amnesty Nepal and said that it “stood in solidarity” with the Nepalese activists. “Early this morning 30 of our brave colleagues from @amnestynepal were detained for peacefully protesting the crackdown on #humanrights in #India. We stand in solidarity with you. #KeepHumanRightsAlive.”

Other Amnesty International branches and employees, too, voiced their support, and asked for the release of the activists:

Amnesty Nepal activists’ protests come following the Enforcement Directorate’s (ED) raid on Amnesty India’s Bengaluru office in October. The ED had frozen the bank accounts of Amnesty India, in a move that resembled its crackdown on Greenpeace India, back in 2015.

Amnesty UK drew attention to the government’s recent show of bullying by calling out Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a tweet following Friday’s events in Kathmandu, Amnesty UK posted a video on Twitter, commenting, “PM of India @narendramodi promised to protect human rights… but instead he targets activists & charities! Today, as PM Modi represents #India at #G20Summit, we remind him that strong leaders don’t bully charities @HCI_London #KeepHumanRightsAlive.”

Earlier on November 24, Amnesty Argentina activists had shared on Twitter that they would be protesting outside the Indian embassy in Buenos Aires.

Also Read: ED Raids Amnesty India Bengaluru Office; Amnesty Says ‘Disturbing Pattern Of The Govt Silencing Organisations That Question Power’

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