Amnesty denies its employees raised anti-India slogans
Bangalore, Aug 17 (Online): The Amnesty International has denied that some of its employees shouted any anti India slogan at any point during the event in Bangalore.
The international human rights organization has been booked for sedition and other unlawful acts based on a complaint by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
Rejecting the sedition charge, Amnesty said the families of three Kashmiri victims that were interviewed for a report it prepared were invited to share their stories at the event.
RSS-backed ABVP had alleged that anti-India slogans were raised at the event. The FIR was filed on Monday by the right-wing group, which protested again today in Bangalore, forcing the police to resort to lathicharge.
In a point-by-point rebuttal of the ABVP report, Amnesty said the event was organized “as part of a campaign based on the report ‘Denied: Failures in accountability for human rights violations by security force personnel in Jammu and Kashmir’, published in July 2015, and publicly available”.
“The only discussion at the event was about allegations of human rights violations and the denial of justice to families in Kashmir. These are issues that have regularly been discussed in the media,” it said.
Admitting that some persons at the event had raised slogans, Amnesty India programmes director Tara Rao said it was important that the conduct of some should not distract attention from the denial of truth and justice to those who have suffered in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Towards the end of the event, some of those who attended raised slogans, some of which referred to calls for ‘Azaadi’ (freedom). Amnesty International India as a matter of policy does not take any position in favour of or against demands for self-determination,” Amnesty said.
The 90-minute event in Bangalore was held to interact with some Kashmiri families who were victims of alleged human rights violations in the strife-torn Valley and highlight their struggle for justice.