Volume 2 Issue 7

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India should stop prosecuting human rights organisations under the oppressive Foreign Funding Law.

Date of News: 

18-01-2022

Date of Publication: 

10-02-2022

Unique ID:

202281527

Name of the Author: 

Reeti Shetty

Field of Law: 

Human Rights

Content of News:

Ten human rights organisations have demanded that the Indian government immediately stop targeting the Centre for Promotion of Social Concerns (CPSC) and its program unit People's Watch. The government should no longer use the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act ,2010 and other oppressive policies to stifle liberal democracy, it has been stated. The Centre for the Promotion of Social Concerns, best known for its programme People's Watch, is a major human rights organisation that monitors human rights violations and assists poor and vulnerable victims of abuse. On January 8, 2022, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided the organization's headquarters in Madurai. Officers raided the group's headquarters and confiscated a number of documents. They informed the organisation that they were investigating claims of fraud under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010, a statute that governs foreign financing for nonprofit groups. It's worth noting that the Ministry of Home Affairs denied the groups' renewal application under the same Act in 2016. They stated that it was done "on the basis of a field agency report," which civil society leaders assume refers to intelligence reports. This ongoing harassment appears to be aimed at punishing the organisation for its human rights activities and intimidating its employees and is a violation of their right to free association and access to funds. As a result, the government must amend the Act to conform to existing laws and regulations, and stop using it to punish human rights activists who are simply exercising their fundamental human rights. It should also ensure that all human rights activists and organisations are free to perform their duties without fear of retaliation.

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