Amnesty International closes offices in India after Kashmir event

Srinagar: Amnesty International India has temporarily closed its offices in several cities of India after being accused of inciting hatred against the state for holding an event on abuses by the government forces in Kashmir.

The rights group  has also postponed awareness events and closed its offices in New Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai,, media reports said. The

“The allegations mentioned in the complaint are without any basis. The event was an open door event and people were coming and going. No staff members were involved,”  said AI spokesperson Himanshi Matta to Reuters.

“They are preventing the families of victims of human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir from having their stories heard. And preventing civil society organisations from enabling these families to exercise their constitutional right to justice,” she said.

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