From London To Lima: The Fight To Keep Human Rights Alive in India

By Amnesty International India
12 December 2018 1:44 pm

For over a year now, India has witnessed an increasing pattern of demonizing and criminalizing civil society organizations and activists. Authorities target people who raise their voices against human rights violations of the most marginalized communities in India.

We, at Amnesty India, are the latest victim of the Indian government’s crackdown on civil society. From media smear campaigns to highly publicized raids on our premises and freezing of our bank accounts, things have been looking pretty grim. Now more than ever, we need people to take action to keep human rights alive in India.

As Amnesty is a global movement, our call to action has resonated around the world. Ahead of, and during the 2018 G20 summit, from London to Lima, people held protests in front of Indian embassies. As our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressed the world’s largest economies at the summit, the protests made it clear that a threat to human rights anywhere, is a threat to human rights everywhere.

A week before the G20 summit, young Amnesty volunteers in Argentina paid a visit to the Indian Embassy in Buenos Aires.

Kathmandu, Nepal

Closer to home, on the day the G20 summit began, around 30 activists in Kathmandu headed over to their Indian Embassy. Actions of the Indian authorities indicate that human rights work is under threat in India. To highlight this issue, the activists stuck warning signs near the Embassy premises.

 

  

 

As they assembled to protest, the police authorities arrived on the scene and detained them, despite the fact that peaceful protests are not a crime.

 

The signs were removed:

 

Thankfully, two hours later they were released. They continued to express their solidarity:

London, UK

 

A couple hours after the protest in Kathmandu, activists in London took to the Indian High Commission to add their voices to the global protest:

A Global Message To Prime Minister Narendra Modi

 

All the while, in the online space, people called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to keep human rights alive:

PM of India @narendramodi promised to protect human rights… but instead he targets activists & charities! Today, as PM Modi represents #India at #G20Summit, we remind him that strong leaders don’t bully charities @HCI_London #KeepHumanRightsAlive 👉 https://t.co/nDhSdXd1Pl pic.twitter.com/PhrliXDKiQ

Berlin & Hamburg, Germany

 

Our supporters in Germany took action in front of their Indian Embassy and on the streets:

Lima, Peru

 

The day of protest ended with our friends in Amnesty Peru. They left signs at the Indian Embassy in Lima calling on the Indian authorities to stop the crackdown on human rights.

 

Beirut, Lebanon

 

Jason Garman from New Zealand summed it up best:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead, American anthropologist.