Published: Thu, August 18, 2016
World | By Carl Welch

Amnesty International booked under sedition charges by Bengaluru Police

Amnesty International booked under sedition charges by Bengaluru Police

Amnesty International India's vision is for every person in India to enjoy the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, other international human rights standards, and the Constitution of India. "Patriotic people can't tolerate anti-national slogans".

Amnesty's campaign plan involved taking Kashmiri mothers who had lost their sons or husbands to AFSPA, on a multi-city tour to Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi and facilitate a public interaction so that mainland India could empathise with their grief.

During the brief section chaired by Seema Mustafa, she expressly noted in her initial remarks that as a journalist who'd been covering Kashmir for decades, she was aware that all sections, including Kashmiri Hindus and Muslims, had suffered greatly. She moderated a discussion with affected families at the event. They also raised slogans against the State government and burnt tyres on the streets to vent their anger.

Video footage of the event in Bengaluru which was recorded by Amnesty has been handed over to the police, and is being studied by forensic investigators, said a police official, who declined to be named.

Allegation: "Sindhujaa Iyengar, Seema Mustafa and Roushan Illahi.delivered anti-national speeches against soldiers". "The PDP... welcomed the recommendations of the report when it was published", it said. One of the families which attended the event was that of Shahzad Ahmad Khan.

The students raised slogans against the government and insisted that Deputy Commissioner K.G. Jagadeesha personally receive their memorandum. The organisation has clarified that no employees of AII raised slogans at the event or assaulted anyone.

The moderator of a discussion asked R K Mattoo to narrate his story rather than calling the Kashmiri families, Ajsi said. These are issues that have regularly been discussed in the media. "They have been written about at length by members of Parliament, politicians, judges and civil society", it said.

Pakistan claims it offers Kashmiri insurgents only moral and diplomatic support, and raised already high tension levels further on Monday by offering to send aid to victims of violence in the troubled province.

Indian forces have since 1989 been fighting militant groups seeking either independence for Kashmir or a merger with Pakistan.

It is also worth mentioning here that "Broken Families" event aimed to invite families from India-held Jammu and Kashmir to talk about what was happening to their loved ones and the problems they were facing in the region due to the presence of Indian security forces. Members of a few right wing groups raise objection and stage a flash protest. The ABVP has also called for a state-wide protest in Karnataka over Amnesty International sedition issue on August 17.

"We want the organisers and those who raised anti-India slogans to be arrested and jailed", student organiser Prem, who uses one name, told reporters, as police dragged scores into buses and vans to break up the rally. The FIR has been registered. But the police who had been invited by AI India to provide security at the venue, chose to cut short his singing.

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