US supports Amnesty over India sedition case


The US has refrained from commenting on the sedition charges slapped against Amnesty
International over an event where anti-India slogans were allegedly raised, but said it respects the right of the global rights watchdog to express itself freely.

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“We obviously, as we do around the world, support the right to freedom of expression and assembly, including through civil society,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner
told reporters.

“We have seen these reports that local police in Bangalore have initiated preliminary investigation into allegations of sedition against Amnesty International. I direct you to the
Bangalore police for more details into this investigation, but certainly we, as I said, respect the right for Amnesty and others to express themselves freely,” Toner said.

Amnesty International had on 13 August organised an event as part of a campaign to seek justice for “victims of human rights violations” in Jammu and Kashmir, which took an ugly
turn with heated exchanges and alleged raising of slogans in support of Kashmir’s independence and against the Indian army.

Bengaluru Police have slapped sedition charges against Amnesty International India, which has said none of its employees had shouted any anti-India slogans.