Amnesty International India booked for sedition, says doesn’t take any position on ‘self-determination’

Amnesty International India added that the country's "archaic" sedition law has been used in the past to "harass and persecute" activists and others.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2016 10:51 pm
Amnesty International India has asked the Assam government to release him from administrative detention. Amnesty International India added that the country’s “archaic” sedition law has been used in the past to “harass and persecute” activists and others.

In a strong response to the sedition charge against Amnesty International India for organising a panel discussion on human rights violations in Kashmir, the organisation’s Executive Director Aakar Patel said the filing of an FIR “shows a lack of belief in fundamental rights and freedoms in India”.

“Merely organizing an event to defend constitutional values is now being branded ‘anti-India’ and criminalized,” said Patel. “The police were invited and present at the event. The filing of a complaint against us now, and the registration of a case of sedition, shows a lack of belief in fundamental rights and freedoms in India.”

Saying that Amnesty International India does not take any position “in favour or against demands for self-determination”, Patel said the human rights organisation considers the right to freedom of expression under international human rights law.

Amnesty International India added that the country’s “archaic” sedition law has been used in the past to “harass and persecute” activists and others.

A panel discussion on Saturday turned chaotic as some “pro-freedom” Kashmiris, most of whom were youngsters and students, entered into heated arguments with a Kashmiri Pandit leader for hailing Indian Army.

READ: Amnesty International India booked for ‘sedition’

The event was organised by Amnesty International India at United Theological College. Karnataka Home Minister G Parameshwara on Sunday said the intention and background of those involved will be investigated.

The FIR has been registered under IPC sections– 142 (being member of an unlawful assembly), 143 (whoever is a member of an unlawful assembly), 147 (rioting), 124A (sedition), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony).

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    Vish
    Aug 16, 2016 at 5:25 am
    Amnesty International is a global organization. Its founder, Peter Benenson, is related to Rothschild, the infamous family that pered India under the guise of East India Company. Akar Patel should first arrange to return the Kerala temple gold that the Rothschild stole from India in 1799. They first used Tippu Sultan to raid Calicut temples in Kerala and thereafter arranged Tippu's killing to steal the gold.
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    Gsg Krishnan
    Aug 16, 2016 at 7:42 am
    We still have not have freedom form British!!! In some form we are having their print in most of the current affairs. They protect defaulter and given them asylum. Very sad.
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    MANIK
    Aug 16, 2016 at 7:54 am
    WHAT ABOUT AZADI TO BUILD HINDU TEMPLES IN SAUDI ARABIA AND IN MIDDLE EAST COUNTIES INCLUDING JERUM. HEY YOU INTERNATIONAL AMNESTY WHY DO YOU NOT TAKE UP THIS ISSUE WORLD WIDE.
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