International Agencies: Anti-Modi Or Anti-India?

Right groups in India have been harsh critics of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including global NGO Amnesty International (India).

Jessica David

September 30, 2020

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On Tuesday (September 29), Amnesty International said that it would halt operations in India after its bank accounts were frozen and its executives interrogated by financial authorities, the latest steps in what the human rights group called a two-year campaign of harassment. The announcement reflects the diminishing space for dissent in the world’s largest democracy, where critics of government policies increasingly face probes by authorities or even arrest. Amnesty said it would lay off more than 100 staff members and cease its human rights campaigns in India.

The government is “treating human rights organisations like criminal enterprises and dissenting individuals as criminals without any credible evidence,” Avinash Kumar, executive director of Amnesty International India, said in a statement. Its goal is to “stoke a climate of fear.” Right groups in India have been harsh critics of the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which they accuse of stifling dissent and undermining the country’s secular founding ideals. In turn, such groups have faced greater scrutiny from the government.

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