Amnesty International accused of sedition in India
Aug.18, New Delhi: Amnesty International India has temporarily closed its offices and postponed events aimed at raising awareness of rights abuses over safety concerns for its staff after the charity was accused of sedition by protesters.
According to reports, the prominent rights group held an event on Saturday that focused on human rights abuses carried out by Indian security forces in Kashmir, one the most sensitive national issues in India.
Police in the southern city of Bangalore, the city where the event was held, said they are investigating if “anti-India” slogans were raised at the event after receiving a complaint from the right-wing student organisation, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, which has ties to the ruling Bharitya Janata Party, media reports said.
Although Amnesty denied all allegations, calling them unsubstantiated, it admitted that slogans calling for Kashmir's independence were chanted by some of the attendees of Saturday's seminar.
Following protests by hundreds of right-wing activists in Bengaluru on Tuesday and in Delhi on Wednesday, Matta said the charity had decided to temporarily close its main office in the city, as well as smaller ones in Pune, New Delhi and Chennai.
The seminar, which was aimed at raising awareness over the lack of justice for families of victims in Kashmir, was planned to take place in Mumbai and New Delhi next week, but has been postponed due to security concerns for the families and staff, the Associated Press reported.
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