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Indian NGOs urge government to end civil society clampdown


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Indian NGOs urge government to end civil society clampdown

WASHINGTON - A wide coalition of non-governmental organisations has published an open letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing "deep concern" over the crackdown on civil society and the resulting "atmosphere of State coercion and intimidation".

Greenpeace India is one of almost 150 civil society groups that have endorsed the letter, which calls on Modi to protect civil society's "right to work and express our views". Greenpeace India recently announced it is facing shutdown within a month after the Home Ministry froze its domestic funds.

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