Urgent Action: NGOs in India at risk of shut down
Amnesty India and Greenpeace India have been targeted by the Government of India in a series of ‘raids’, which appear to be politically motivated. The bank accounts of both organisations have been frozen, effectively stopping their work. This is the latest in the clampdown by Indian authorities to crush civil society in India.
Please write immediately in English or your own language urging the authorities to ensure that:
- Intimidation and harassment of organisations working on human rights and environmental issues is stopped immediately and non-governmental organisations, like Amnesty India and Greenpeace India, are able to continue their operations unhindered by politically motivated restrictions on their bank accounts;
- The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act is repealed, or amended in line with international human rights standards;
- Human rights defenders and activists, who have been arrested using repressive laws are accorded fair trials, including release on bail pending trials.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 27 DECEMBER 2018 TO:
Prime Minister’s Office
South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi-110011
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
Focal Point for Human Rights Defenders, National Human Rights Commission
Block-C,GPO Complex, INA,New Delhi, India
Salutation: Dear Sir
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Michelle Bachelet Jeria
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.
HIS EXCELLENCY MR YASHVARDHAN KUMAR SINHA, Office of the High Commissioner for India, India House Aldwych WC2B 4NA, 020 78629 5950, Fax 020 7836 4331, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.hcilondon.in, Salutation: Your Excellency
Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above date.