Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday accused the Indian authorities of utilizing politically-motivated allegations of tax evasion and monetary irregularities to “silence human rights activists, journalists, and other critics of the government”, and known as for an finish to this harassment.
In an announcement issued right here, the New York-based rights group mentioned that within the present month Indian authorities monetary officers carried out raids in Srinagar, New Delhi, and Mumbai on journalists’ houses, information places of work, an actor’s premises, in addition to the house and workplace of a human rights activist.
HRW mentioned these raids had been a part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP)-led nationwide authorities’s escalating crackdown on freedom of expression, affiliation and peaceable meeting since coming to energy in 2014.
The authorities, HRW added, have introduced politically-motivated prison instances, together with beneath broadly worded terrorism and sedition legal guidelines, in opposition to activists, journalists, lecturers, college students, and others.
In keeping with the rights group, the Indian authorities additionally used international funding rules and allegations of monetary misconduct to focus on outspoken teams.