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Petition opposes award to Modi

Washington, September 17 (KMS): London-based global rights watchdog, the Amnesty International has vowed that it would not be silenced on raising concerns about the situation in occupied Kashmir despite facing intimidation by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s government.

Amnesty International Secretary-General, Kumi Naidoo, in a media interview in Washington said that the Modi government has made a very big attempt to crush Amnesty in India, stressing on the Kashmir question and on various human rights questions in India itself.

Amnesty has faced heated criticism from India´s right wing for its stance on Kashmir. Commenting on the lockdown in occupied Kashmir, the Amnesty’s chief Naidoo said, it is a horrific thing to actually cut people´s legitimate way of communicating with each other completely.

Human Rights Watch South Asia Director, Meenakshi Ganguly, in a statement said that India was making a mockery of its human rights commitments by denying Kashmiris a voice in their future, jailing political leaders, and suspending basic freedoms. She said the government’s heavy-handed measures are only making a bad situation worse.

Meanwhile, a petition signed by more than 100,000 activists associated with US-based Justice For All urged the Gates Foundation not to give an award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in view of his actions in occupied Kashmir. The petition from Justice for All points to recent events in Kashmir, where Modi’s Hindu nationalist-led government arrested thousands of people and cut communications in a widespread crackdown after scrapping the special status of the territory on 5th of August.

Earlier, three Nobel Prize Laureates, Mairead Maguire, Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman and Shirin Ebadi in a joint letter have also called on the Washington-based organizaiton to rescind its award to Indian Prime Minister Modi for blatant basic human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, attacks on minorities in India and his role in horrific massacre of Gujarat.

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