India has scowled at a UN report that cited New Delhi’s crackdown on activist group Greenpeace among challenges to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, and dismissed the reference as “misplaced enthusiasm”.
The report was presented in May by a special rapporteur of the United Nations Human Rights Council. “The report refers to instances of blocking of funds of environmental NGOs (non-government organisations).
There are thousands of NGOs receiving foreign funding in India. Highlighting the cause of one organisation without explaining the case in its legal entirety reflects misplaced enthusiasm,” Ajit Kumar, India’s permanent representative to the UN offices in Geneva, said while taking part in a recent discussion at the UN HRC on a report on “Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association”.