India’s human rights defenders deserve EU support – By Hannah Neumann and Alviina Alametsä
…. The civic space in India has been squeezed tighter from all directions over the past couple of years. Human rights defenders, religious minorities, and government critics have all been under pressure from several vaguely defined laws – including counter terrorism legislations – that are used to suppress them.
India’s recently amended Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) is expected to become another nail in the coffin of advocacy-based human rights organisations in the country. Most recently, Amnesty International had to close its operations in India over alleged violations of the Act….
The EU has a responsibility to support these forces and make it clear to the Indian government that it will not look the other way when human rights violations happen in the country….