By kicking Amnesty out, India is betraying its founding ideals | Rajat Khosla

Our work is not some sinister plot to tarnish India’s reputation. It is inspired by the country’s own tradition of egalitarianism

• Rajat Khosla is a senior director at Amnesty International

As of today, Amnesty International will no longer be able to work inside India. Following years of official threats, intimidation and harassment, Amnesty India’s accounts have been frozen without any official notice. The human rights research and campaigning our colleagues were carrying out has come to a sudden halt. They have had their means to make a living snatched from them. And the millions of people who were helped by their work will no longer have a powerful voice to amplify their own calls for justice.

This decision was not motivated by any question of law, as the Indian authorities now claim. It is not about Amnesty India’s sources of funding, which are entirely legitimate and involved no lawbreaking. This is punishment for standing up for humanity’s core values in the world’s largest democracy.

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