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

"Government authorities are increasingly treating human rights organisations like criminal enterprises," said Aakar Patel.

On Thursday, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at the Bengaluru office of Amnesty International India, for an alleged violation of foreign direct investment guidelines.

In a statement, ED said that Amnesty India “resorted to bypass the FCRA Act by floating commercial entity in the name of Amnesty International India Pvt. Ltd (AIIPL). This entity has received foreign funds through commercial route to the extent of Rs. 36 crore till date.”

Similar raids were conducted two weeks ago at Bengaluru offices of another non-profit, environmental NGO Greenpeace India, and other establishments associated with it, reported NDTV.

Amnesty India International, in a series of tweets on Thursday, said that the raids show a “disturbing pattern of the government silencing organisations that question power.” The organisation alleged that the government wants to “instil fear” among organisations.

In a statement issued on Friday, Amnesty India Executive Director Aakar Patel said, “Government authorities are increasingly treating human rights organisations like criminal enterprises. As an organisation committed to the rule of law, our operations in India have always conformed with our national regulations. The principles of transparency and accountability are at the heart of our work.”

He continued, “We could not agree more with the Prime Minister when he says that periods of repression, like during the Emergency, have left a stain on India’s history. Sadly, those dark days are now casting a shadow over India again. Instead of protecting human rights, as it vowed to do, the government is now targeting the people who fight for them.”

Activists and journalists condemned  Narendra Modi government for ‘targeting’ the human rights organisation.

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