New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate has attached the movable properties – worth Rs 17.66 crore – of the global human rights advocacy group, Amnesty International, which had last year claimed that it was winding down its India operation because of alleged “witch-hunt” by the central government. The action was taken as part of a money laundering case against the non-profit.
The central government alleges that the global rights watchdog had been receiving foreign funds illegally and that it had never registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act.
Last year, after the Centre had frozen its account, Amnesty India accused it of launching a “witch-hunt” because of the critical reports the group had released.
In a press statement, Amnesty had said: “…the complete freezing of Amnesty International India’s bank accounts by the government of India, which it came to know on 10 September, brings all the work being done by the organization to a grinding halt.” The organisation said it had been compelled to let go of staff in India and pause all its ongoing campaign and research work.
“This is the latest in the incessant witch-hunt of human rights organizations by the government of India over unfounded and motivated allegations,” Amnesty had said, claiming that it had complied with all Indian and international laws.