The Amnesty International on Tuesday rejected the allegations that its employees raised anti-India slogans during an event in Bengaluru. “No employee shouted any slogan at any point,” said Amnesty International in a statement.
“Right to freedom of expression under international human rights law includes right to peacefully advocate political solutions as long as it does not involve incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence,” said Amnesty International.
Bengaluru Police had on Monday registered a case of sedition against representatives from Amnesty International India, based on a complaint by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) about alleged anti-India slogans raised during an Amnesty International programme here Saturday.
The alleged slogan was raised at an event —‘Broken Families’ —held at United Theological College as part of a three-city campaign by Amnesty International India against alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir.
The event, involving discussions with affected families from the Valley, slipped into chaos after arguments broke out between two sections of participants and ended with slogans.
Activists of ABVP, the students’ wing of BJP, who were not let in by the police, staged a protest outside the venue over the alleged anti-India slogans. On Sunday, ABVP activists, accompanied by BJP MP from Mysuru Prathap Simha, staged a protest demanding police action for the alleged “anti-national’’ event.
In a press statement Saturday, Amnesty India had said that “towards the end of the event, some of those who attended raised slogans, some of which referred to calls for ‘Azaadi’… (but) conduct of some…(should) not serve as a distraction from the issues of denial of truth and justice to those who have suffered in J&K”.