CBI raids offices of Amnesty International in Bengaluru and New DelhiNovember 16, 2019 10:27
Human rights have been around for contest for quite some time now. With the oppression that people experience around, it isn’t surprising that more and more movements are coming into the foreground to further fight back the shortcomings in people’s lives.
Amnesty International is such a non-profit organisation based out of the United Kingdom which helps people fight for their human rights and stand tall to the constant oppression. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), on November 15, 2019, raided the two headquartered offices of the organisation at Bengaluru and New Delhi over reports of alleged irregularity in the foreign funding with regards to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.
The raid came around a year later from the prior raids that happened which were ensued by the Enforcement Directorate. The prior raid was conducted in two premises of the Amnesty International over the accused violation of the foreign exchange laws in India.
Addressing these issues, Amnesty International issued a statement in the press stating that over the past year, every time the organisation has tried to stand up and speak up against the human rights violations in India, something or the other has come up to challenge their capabilities and their actions time and time.
Further on in the statement, the organisation clarified by mentioning, “Amnesty India stands in full compliance with Indian and international law. 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.”
They also clarified stating that owing to the vigour of impacts that the organisation has had on the world and the people in India, their work is all based out of high evidentiary standards. Over 4 million Indians resonate with the work of Amnesty and all because of the kind of clarity and the transparency that they have maintained time and time. Over 100,000 Indians have also made financial contributions to keep it going.
By Somapika Dutta