Yesterday, Amnesty declared that it has shut down its operations in Bharat and claimed that it is doing so because of govt “reprisals”. It claimed that govt had unjustly freezed its accounts, while it worked only for human rights. It claimed that its stand against abrogation of Art 370, among other things, motivated the govt to start its “witch hunt” against the organisation.
Amnesty has often taken controversial political positions in Bharat and supports Jihadists and Urban Naxals and is in turn supported by them. In fact it has been accused of colluding with Islamists internationally. A 2014 report in Wall Street Journal reveals its nexus with Jihadists. It as acted as an Islamist apologist in the garb of a human rights organisation and has even testified against Bharat in Foreign Affairs Committee of USA and thus tried to interfere with sovereignty of Bharat. It made unfounded allegation in the testimony and internationally defamed Bharat.
The government released a statement refuting the allegations of Amnesty, saying that “The stand taken and the statements made by Amnesty International are unfortunate, exaggerated and far from the truth.”
It brought forth the facts of the matter clearly :
“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.
However, in order to circumvent the FCRA regulations, Amnesty UK remitted large amounts of money to four entities registered in India, by classifying it as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). A significant amount of foreign money was also remitted to Amnesty (India) without MHA’s approval under FCRA. This mala fide rerouting of money was in contravention of extant legal provisions.
Owing to these illegal practices of Amnesty, the previous government had also rejected the repeated applications of Amnesty to receive funds from overseas. This had led Amnesty to suspend its India operations once during that period as well. This bipartisan and purely legal approach towards Amnesty, under different governments, makes it clear that the entire fault lies in the dubious processes adopted by Amnesty to secure funds for its operations.”
Thus, even UPA found them dangerous for Bharat and their mode of operations as illegal. Clearly, amnesty has not learnt its lesson and may be entertaining the notions that foreign organisations are above law in Bharat. Indeed, government should now speed up the proceedings in money laundering and FCRA cases and stop Amnesty functionaries from fleeing Bharat. They must feel the full might of Bharatiya law. The statement by govt also says:
“All the glossy statements about humanitarian work and speaking truth to power are nothing but a ploy to divert attention from their activities which were in clear contravention of laid down Indian laws. Such statements are also an attempt to extraneously influence the course of investigations by multiple agencies into the irregularities and illegalities carried out over the last few years.
Amnesty is free to continue humanitarian work in India, as is being done by many other organizations. However, India, by settled law, does not allow interference in domestic political debates by entities funded by foreign donations. This law applies equally to all and it shall apply to Amnesty International as well.
India has a rich and pluralistic democratic culture with a free press, independent judiciary and tradition of vibrant domestic debate. The people of India have placed unprecedented trust in the current government. Amnesty’s failure to comply with local regulations does not entitle them to make comments on the democratic and plural character of India.”
It is clear that foreign money is being used to interfere in domestic political debates. This is not exclusive to Bharat. It tried to do the same in Ireland, where it received money unlawfully from George Soros, the billionaire who recently gave $1 billion to “stop nationalism” in Bharat, among other countries. It would not be surprising if he has indirectly funded the Amnesty in Bharat too. Govt should investigate which other organisations are beneficiary of Soros money and take legal action against the same.
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