Centre’s crackdown hits Greenpeace
Greenpeace has been forced to close two of its regional offices and “considerably” reduce its staff in India because of a government crackdown on allegedly unlawful foreign funding of NGOs.
The organisation has been campaigning on environmental issues in India for nearly two decades but has clashed in recent years with the Narendra Modi government, which has accused the watchdog of violating the country’s foreign funding laws.
Greenpeace India announced on Saturday that the crackdown had forced the organisation to “shrink in size considerably” and close its offices in New Delhi and Patna.
Nearly 40 employees — one-third of its staff — across India have been asked to leave, a former staff member said on condition of anonymity.
Greenpeace India had its foreign funding blocked in 2015 as part of a nationwide crackdown on charities.
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