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ED Raiding Amnesty International India’s Bengaluru Office

The ED had started investigating into Amnesty International India's finances after receiving a reference from Central govt's FCRA unit.

As of Thursday evening, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is searching the Bangalore office of Amnesty International India, reported The Quint.

Reportedly, in August, the ED had started investigating into Amnesty International India’s finances after receiving a reference from Central government’s Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) unit.

The current Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP) government at the Centre has raided other NGOs for alleged FCRA violations. Earlier this month, ED had stopped operations of Greenpeace India’s accounts while investigating alleged violations of the foreign exchange rules. Greenpeace had called the government’s actions an attempt to “muzzle democratic dissent”

In 2016, the Modi govt had cancelled the FCRA licences of 7 NGOs, including human rights lawyer Teesta Setalvad’s Citizens for Justice and Peace (CJP). Setalvad, through CJP, has been helping victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots seek justice.

Also Read: Centre Should Refrain From Using Coercive Methods To Silence NGOs: NGO Body

In August, several human rights activists were raided and arrested, a move which was criticized by international rights organisations, including Amnesty and Human Rights Watch, as a ploy to silence dissenting voices.

Also Read: Social Activists And Journalists Shocked, Condemn Serial Arrests And Raids On Homes Of Public Intellectuals, Demand Immediate Release

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