Urgent: Human Rights Under Threat In India
Activists are being harassed, independent media houses have been raided, and organisations like Amnesty India and Greenpeace India are being targeted by Indian authorities for the work they are doing. Speak up now to keep human rights work alive!
On 25 October 2018, the Enforcement Directorate in India raided Amnesty India’s office in Bengaluru, India. Immediately after, the authority froze their bank accounts, effectively stopping their vital human rights work. In early October, a similar raid against Greenpeace India ended with their accounts also being frozen. Earlier this year, between June and August 2018, ten eminent human rights activists were arrested under a draconian security law. Further, repressive foreign funding laws have been used by government authorities to obstruct the work of other key non-governmental organisations, including Lawyers Collective, People’s Watch, Sabrang Trust and Navsarjan Trust.
We believe these actions are politically motivated. Attacking respected activists and reputed organisations like Amnesty India and Greenpeace India is the sign of weak leadership and a government afraid of being exposed.
Our work demands equality, accountability and justice for people. With your support, we will not be silenced.
Now more than ever, we need you to act. Let the Indian Prime Minister know that attacking activists and organisations like Amnesty India and Greenpeace India is not in the nation’s best interest. A global power like India should welcome calls for accountability and justice.
India has just been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council, mandated to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights”. Yet human rights work is actively being crushed in India.
Let’s show Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the world is watching.