Amnesty Intl im­pact: Char­i­ties ask Cen­tre not to be like China

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Chetan Chauhan chetan@hin­dus­tan­

In­dia should not repli­cate China by try­ing to stamp out dis­sent, civil lib­erty ac­tivists said on Thurs­day, alarmed over Amnesty In­ter­na­tional’s de­ci­sion to tem­po­rar­ily close its of­fices in In­dia af­ter fac­ing po­lit­i­cal protests and sedi­tion charges.

Po­lice launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter re­ceiv­ing a com­plaint from a right-wing stu­dents’ group that “anti-In­dia” slo­gans were raised at an event hosted by the char­ity in Ban­ga­lore.

The rights group has asked its staff not to come to of­fice for now. The move has left char­i­ties and non-gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions ner­vous.

“The gov­ern­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing and I hope no charges will be framed,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, di­rec­tor hu­man rights watch, South Asia. “But the broader con­cern is that the anti­na­tional nar­ra­tive is picking up and we need to hear peo­ple rais­ing slo­gans, which is a peace­ful way as com­pared to (us­ing a) gun.”

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