SBS condemns the Indian government’s attempt to gag and effectively close down civil society organisations and legal firms like the Lawyers Collective in India.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We are writing here as the Lawyers Collective International Solidarity Campaign to urgently request your signature on the attached letter addressed to the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, in support of the Lawyers Collective and its co-founders Indira Jaising and Anand Grover.
As you may already know, the Lawyers Collective has recently been the target of a politically motivated attack by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs and is at risk of losing its license to receive foreign funding. This would essentially mean the end of the organization’s work. Their license has already been suspended for 180 days.
We are calling upon the Government of India to lift the order suspending the Lawyer’s Collective’s license to receive foreign funds and to ensure the organization is provided the freedom and space to continue its work in advancing the rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized sections of society, in conformity with the Constitution of India.
Please see the attached letter and follow these links for information on the allegations (made under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act) and the Lawyers Collective’s response, as well a statement from UN human rights experts calling on the Government of India to repeal the law.
We are requesting you to:
Thank you for your support.
Lawyers Collective International Solidarity Campaign
PLEASE REPLY TO: [email protected]