NEW DELHI, India—About half-a-dozen sleuths of CBI today conducted a raid at Amnesty International’s offices in Delhi and Bengluru during the morning hours and carried out searches till evening hours. After this, the CBI booked Amnesty International for violating the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.
Reacting to the CBI’s action, the Amnesty International India has said that it is being targeted for speaking out against human rights violations in the country.
“Over the past year, a pattern of harassment has emerged every time Amnesty India stands up and speaks out against human rights violations in India” reads a statement by Amnesty International India.
“Our work in India, as elsewhere, is to uphold and fight for universal human rights. These are the same values that are enshrined in the Indian Constitution and flow from a long and rich Indian tradition of pluralism, tolerance, and dissent,” it added.
Amnesty International India is accused of bypassing the FCRA by floating a commercial entity in the name of Amnesty International India Pvt Ltd, which received Rupees 360 million in foreign funds.