New Delhi, Sep 29: The stand taken and the statements made by Amnesty International are unfortunate, exaggerated and far from the truth, the Ministry of Home Affairs has said.
The facts of the matter are as follows:
Amnesty International had received permission under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) only once and that too twenty years ago (19.12.2000). 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.
Bengaluru, Oct 26: Human rights watchdog, Amnesty International was raided by the Enforcement under the Foreign Exchange Management Act. Two locations of Amnesty International were raided at Bengaluru, Karnataka and ED sources said that they suspected violations under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act and Foreign Direct Investment guidelines.
Bengaluru, Aug 19: The sedition charge against NGO Amnesty International for allowing people to raise anti-India slogans at an event it had organised last week is completely justified, says former Supreme Court judge Santhosh Hegde.
Speaking to OneIndia, Justice Hegde said, “Amnesty International cannot escape responsibility for the slogans by saying none of its employees shouted them”.
Bengaluru, Aug 20: The Bengaluru police have slapped a series of cases against the ABVP ranging from kidnapping minors to rioting.
The ABVP has been seeking the arrest of Amnesty International activists against whom sedition charges have been filed. A case of sedition was filed against Amnesty International after anti-national slogans were raised at an event organised by them in Bengaluru last week.
The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Tuesday demanded that those responsible for raising “Freedom for Kashmir” slogans at a Bengaluru meet organised by NGO Amnesty International last week be arrested.
Police, however, say that they have to investigate the matter further before making arrests. Police have sent a video of the event for forensic analysis.
The probe will make progress only after the forensic report is obtained, a senior police officer said, even as ABVP activists staged a vociferous protest in Bengaluru on Tuesday morning.
The new criminal law on violence against women should either be replaced or amended, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have said in a joint statement.
On February 3, 2013, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee signed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance 2013, amending criminal laws.
Legislation addressing sexual violence should reflect international human rights law and standards, and incorporate key recommendations of the recently appointed Verma Committee, the rights groups said.
“The new ordinance at long last reforms India’s colonial-era laws on sexual violence, but fails to provide crucial human rights protections and redress for victims,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “Indian parliamentarians should insist on a law that deals with these critical issues.” Continue reading “Replace the criminal law ordinance 2013”