'Highest levels of US govt watching Amnesty shutdown in India'

By Arul Louis

New York, Oct 1 (IANS): Amnesty International shutting down its operations in India after its bank accounts were frozen "has received attention at the highest levels" in the US government, according to a senior State Department official.

Asked about the Indian government's action against Amnesty International, the official said on Wednesday: "We've been focused, we've been very, very closely following this issue, not just in the administration, but I know that our members of Congress have as well. It has received attention at the highest levels of our government.

"We look forward to a response, and a resolution to a situation that's consistent with international principles and the rule of law."

Accusing the Indian government of running a "witch hunt", the international human rights organisation announced on Tuesday that it was closing down its operations in India because its work ground to a halt after the Indian government froze its bank accounts last month.

Calling Amnesty's allegations against it "far from the truth", the Indian government accused it of illegally funnelling funds to India.

The official who spoke on condition of not being identified said: "The US is committed to the health and vibrancy of civil society, in all countries but also especially India.

"We believe that the strength of civil society and the openness of society is the strength of India, and it's something that that is part of what powers our cooperation, our bilateral cooperation, and therefore we're concerned about obstacles to the work of civil society, whether in India, or anywhere else in the world."




Title : 'Highest levels of US govt watching Amnesty shutdown in India'


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