Amnesty International at the hearing by the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “Human Rights in South Asia”

Amnesty International India
Bengaluru/ New Delhi: 23 October 2019 2:13 pm

On 22 October 2019, Amnesty International testified at the hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on “Human Rights in South Asia”. Francisco Bencosme representing Amnesty International spoke of the crackdown on civil society in India, including attacks on Amnesty International, Greenpeace, Lawyers Collective – due to their on-ground research to uncover human rights abuses and seeking government accountability.



The members of the Congress were also informed about Amnesty International’s comprehensive update on the situation of human rights in Kashmir that was published last week and documentation of clear pattern of ongoing arbitrary detentions, use of excessive force/torture and silencing of dissenting voices.


We hold ourselves to the highest evidentiary standards and operate all around the world. The research put together by our on-ground delegates clearly illustrates the dubious nature of government claims including that detention of political leaders, activists, children and harassment of journalists is necessary to achieve internal security in Jammu & Kashmir.


Amnesty International also expressed its reservations on the violation of fair trial standards by the Foreigners Tribunals which are in the process of deciding the fate of 1.9 million people left out by the National Register of Citizens in Assam. The written testimony that documents Amnesty International’s complete submission on India and South Asian region to the Committee, can be found here.


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