New Delhi: Amnesty International has said it is halting all its activities in India, claiming that it is being subjected to an 'incessant witch-hunt' over unfounded and motivated allegations. In a statement on Tuesday (September 29), Amnesty India said that it has been compelled to let go of staff in India and pause all its ongoing campaign and research work.
On the contrary, activities of Amnesty International in India were found to be suspicious and when the investigation started, it decided to halt its activities in the country, rather than facing the charges. In the recent probes, it has been found that the international organisation even failed to obtain the necessary permission to work in India, and was functioning illegally for so many years.Amnesty has been receiving crores of rupees from abroad every year, while it was expected to register itself under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) for the same. The Government of India, therefore, seized all the bank accounts of Amnesty, which has been active in India under four different names, according to the investigation.
After being exposed, the Amnesty stated, "The complete freezing of Amnesty International India's bank accounts by Government of India which it came to know on 10 September 2020, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt."
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