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Amnesty International and India

Amnesty International and India A G Noorani DOES the Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, mean to continue Indira Gandhi's petulant policy towards Amnesty International? Judging by its latest Annual Report for 1985, just published, one would think so. The section on India (pages 209 to 213) ends with this disturbing piece of information: "On April 9 Amnesty International informed the Foreign Minister that it planned to send a delegate to India to meet professionals involved with the protection of human rights. In late May Amnesty International was informed that a visa had been refused but no reason was given!' The omission to give the reasons is an apt comment on the arbitrary refusal of the visa. Amnesty's missions have been to Sri Lanka, to Pakistan both when Bhutto was Prime Minister and after Gen Zia became President. It was not sending such a fact-finding mission as such to India. It planned only "to send a delegate to India to meet professionals involved with the protection of human rights''. He or she was not welcome to New Delhi.

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