Amnesty International bids farewell to India, not on a good note

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Harsirat Kaur
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Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization headquartered in London, United Kingdom. The motto of the organization is to inspire people against injustice to bring the world closer to human rights and dignity enjoyed by all. The organization opened up its office in India back in 1996 in Bengaluru. Since then, it has achieved milestones along with the Indian government. However, since the beginning of the year 2020, Amnesty International expressed his detest regarding the behavior of Indian government authorities. Then, in September 2020, it halted its operations and said its goodbye formally.

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Amnesty International bade adieu to India

Amnesty International stopped all its operations due to the government reprisals to its working. The group also mentioned that the government froze their bank accounts which induced it to lay off its people. The organization targeted the current Indian government and said that PM Narendra Modi has been hostile to it for its transparency of the dark truth inside India. It said that whatever India poses outside if an international organization claims otherwise, it ruins the reputation.

The government has detested the organization in its work against the human rights violation portrayal. The group also published various incidents of the Delhi riots and atrocities against the Muslim population. Amnesty International played a huge role in bringing the true nature of the police against the citizens. It vigilantly noted down all the happenings inside the country regarding the CAA nad NRC protests. This led to the firm belief that the government did not want the organization to work smoothly in the nation. Retaliating against those publications, the government said that these allegations were “unfortunate, exaggerated, and far from the truth.”

The official statements which express this hostile exchange

One such publication example which Amnesty International brought to the world notice is as such. This excerpt from the New York Times reads, “All the glossy statements about humanitarian work and speaking truth to power are nothing but a ploy to divert attention from their activities which were in clear contravention of laid-down Indian laws.”

Excerpts like this shun the prototypical image the Indian government presents to the world. When, in reality, the image is far dire and foul. The latest actions related to the group also speak about the government’s motives to suppress the voice of the truth. “This is the latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organizations by the government of India over unfounded and motivated allegations.”

However, this is not the end of the journey of Amnesty employees. Julie Verhaar, general secretary of Amnesty International said, “The Amnesty movement is very proud of vital work carried out by our understanding colleagues in India. We are proud of their actions during the Delhi riots and in Jammu and Kashmir and their work on gender-based violence.”

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