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India: Amnesty International

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL9282, tabled on 19 October 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India about its decision to freeze the bank accounts of Amnesty International in that country; and what assessment they have made of the actions by that government against non-governmental organisations, in particular, human rights groups.

Answered on

2 November 2020

I have raised our concerns on this matter with the Indian High Commissioner, most recently on 1 October. Our Acting High Commissioner in New Delhi has also raised this with the Indian Prime Minister's Office, most recently on 29 September. We have requested Amnesty's accounts be unfrozen while the investigation is ongoing. In our contacts with the Government of India, we have noted the important role of organisations like Amnesty in a democracy.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office remains in contact with Amnesty International on this matter. We will continue to raise our concerns with the Government of India, where we have them.