20
Tuesday
October 2020
3:00 PM IST
News Headlines
ED grills Farooq Abdullah for six hours in JKCA graft case, People''s Alliance says it''s vendetta        NCW seeks explanation from Kamal Nath for his remarks against MP minister        Imran Khan incapable and clueless; betrayed people of Pakistan: Opposition leaders        Nawaz Sharif''s son-in-law arrested in Pakistan        Kerala''s Covid tally touches 3.33 lakh with 5,022 fresh cases        HC restrains Customs from arresting Sivasankar till Oct 23, suspended officer discharged from hospital        Buttler, bowlers guide RR to seven-wicket win over CSK        Punjab beat MI in second Super Over        Saina, Sindhu's biggest Graffiti in India unveiled        Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states        US polls: New Congress could have more Indian Americans to the House Advertisement        Active COVID-19 cases below 8 lakh for 2nd day in row; recovery rate 88.03 pc        Flood situation grim in parts of Telangana, Karnataka        Dalit woman gang-raped at gunpoint in UP        Army pressed into service in 4 flood-hit Karnataka dists; CM to undertake aerial survey        Pakistan pacer Umar Gul announces retirement from all forms of cricket        HDFC Bank Q2 net profit rises 16% to Rs 7,703 cr        Biden warns Trump wants to scrap health law        BJP govt has surrendered in front of criminals: Akhilesh        Rahul Gandhi, Capt Amarinder vow to force centre to revoke black farm laws        
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | Health   | About Deepika 
National News
Amnesty International halts operations in India
 
New Delhi: Amnesty International on Tuesday announced suspension of operations and lay off staff in India over freezing of its bank accounts by the government. According to the human rights watchdog, the bank accounts were frozen on September 10. "This is the latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organizations by the Government of India over unfounded and motivated allegations", Amnesty International India alleged in a statement. The BJP refuted allegations by Amnesty International that it had to wind up its operations in India because of a witch hunt by the government and said the organisation was receiving funds from abroad in contravention of the Indian laws.

In a press conference here, party national spokesperson Rajyavardhan Rathore said ''''All these things are far from the truth, any organisation working in India, whether Indian or foreign, if money is to be taken from abroad, then laws of India have to be followed.''" Mr Rathore said, ''''How is that Amnesty is receiving foreign funds without having permission for it? Any other organisation, Indian or International, has to follow certain rules and laws.'''' He said any organisation can function in India, but it has to be within their legal ambit. ''''Wearing a veil of honesty and acting in bad faith is not something we will permit to Indian or foreign organisations,'''' he said.

He said Amnesty International, which has alleged that it was targeted by the government for working on issues of human rights, has not clarified why money was coming into the bank accounts from abroad. ''''To find a via media, to circumvent the rules of the country in which you''re working, is violating the very norm and rules of the land." ''''If you''re doing illegal operations, you will not be allowed to continue,'''' he maintained. In 2009, Amnesty International''s license had been rejected by the UPA government for receiving foreign funds and their operations were suspended, he said.

As many as 10 out of 13 office bearers of Amnesty International in Nepal resigned because of provoking separatism in Nepal in 2015, he said, adding that in Morocco, two of Amnesty''s people were arrested because they were plotting against the state. Referring to the recent stand and statements made by Amnesty International as unfortunate, exaggerated and far from truth, the MHA said this institution had received permission under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) only once and that too, 20 years ago on December 19, 2000. Since then, Amnesty International, despite its repeated applications, has been denied FCRA approval by successive governments since as per law, it is not eligible to get such an approval, the Ministry said.

According to a statement issued by the Home Ministry, the Amnesty UK, in order to circumvent the FCRA regulations, remitted large amounts of money to four entities registered in India, by classifying it as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). Reacting on the development, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor said that actions like this both undermine India''s reputation as a democracy & "vitiate our soft power". "India''s stature as a liberal democracy with free institutions, including media & civil society organisations, accounted for much of its soft power in the world", the parliamentarian wrote on twitter.

Amnesty International was under the lens of various government agencies, including the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), for violating the Foreign Contributions Regulations Act. However, Watchdog''s Executive director Avinash Kumar said that the continuing crackdown on Amnesty International India over the last two years and the complete freezing of bank accounts is not accidental. "The constant harassment by government agencies including the Enforcement Directorate is a result of our unequivocal calls for transparency in the government, more recently for accountability of the Delhi police and the Government of India regarding the grave human rights violations in Delhi riots and Jammu & Kashmir.

For a movement that has done nothing but raise its voices against injustice, this latest attack is akin to freezing dissent", he said.


ED grills Farooq Abdullah for six hours in JKCA graft case, People''s Alliance says it''s vendetta
NCW seeks explanation from Kamal Nath for his remarks against MP minister
Active COVID-19 cases below 8 lakh for 2nd day in row; recovery rate 88.03 pc
Flood situation grim in parts of Telangana, Karnataka
Dalit woman gang-raped at gunpoint in UP
BJP govt has surrendered in front of criminals: Akhilesh
Rahul Gandhi, Capt Amarinder vow to force centre to revoke black farm laws
Nitish Kumar claims to have worked for all classes of Bihar in poll campaign
PM Modi greets NSG on its raising day
Odisha by-election: Polling personnel will carry COVID kit
Fire breaks out in residential building in Kolkata
Will Koshyari write to Goa CM for reopening of temples? Awhad
PM assures Andhra, T'gana CMs of all help after heavy rains cause loss of lives, damage
Will continue struggle for restoration of Article 370, resolution of Kashmir issue: Mehbooba
UP govt issues guidelines for reopening of cinema halls
Cong spokesperson Kushboo quits party, says she was 'suppressed'
Power outage affects local train services, commuters hit hard
COVID-19 active caseload below 9 lakh for fourth consecutive day
BJP list for phase 2 of Bihar polls: Most MLAs retained, some dropped
CBI takes over investigation into Hathras incident
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
My whole life has been a miracle: Rajinikanth
 Mumbai: From starting out as a bus conductor to becoming one of the biggest stars of the: country,  
'Game of Thrones' star Indira Varma tests positive for coronavirus
Coronavirus: Release of Ranveer Singh-starrer '83' put on hold
'Joker' earns Joaquin Phoenix his maiden Oscar
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Imran Khan incapable and clueless; betrayed people of Pakistan: Opposition leaders
 Karachi: Prime Minister Imran Khan is "incapable and clueless", and his government is worse than a d
Nawaz Sharif''s son-in-law arrested in Pakistan
Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states
US polls: New Congress could have more Indian Americans to the House Advertisement
KERALA NEWS
Kerala''s Covid tally touches 3.33 lakh with 5,022 fresh cases
 Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala on Monday recorded 7,469 recoveries and 5,022 new COVID-19 cases, pushing
Jnanpith awardee Akkitham Achuthan Namboothiri dead
Kerala''s COVID-19 count crosses three lakh mark with 8,764 fresh cases
NCP welcomes Mani to LDF but not at cost of Pala seat
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2020 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.