Greenpeace statement in response to the cancellation of its FCRA licence

Press release - September 3, 2015
The Greenpeace legal team has learnt that the Ministry of Home Affairs has notified the Delhi High Court that Greenpeace’s FCRA registration has been cancelled. This news comes just a day before a scheduled hearing at the Delhi High Court that was examining the merits of MHA’s arbitrary action.
Responding to the news, Vinuta Gopal, interim co-Executive Director of Greenpeace India said that Greenpeace will continue its campaigning undeterred, and is in fact launching a new creative campaign to highlight the nationwide crackdown on civil liberties.
 
“The cancelling of our FCRA registration is the government’s latest move in a relentless onslaught against the community’s right to dissent. It is yet another attempt to silence campaigns for a more sustainable future and transparency in public processes,” said Vinuta Gopal, interim co-Executive Director of Greenpeace India.  “Cutting access to our foreign funding may be a desperate attempt to get us to cease our work, but the MHA probably didn’t count on our having an amazing network of volunteers and supporters who have helped us continue our work despite the government crackdown. Since the majority of our funding comes from Indian citizens, most of our work can indeed continue. In fact, we are responding to this latest melodrama by launching a new creative online campaign and are confident that people will show they are ready to fight back in style, and send a clear message to those in power: you just can’t muzzle dissent in a democracy.”

For more information contact:

Hozefa Merchant: Campaigner, , +91 9560706856
Avinash Chanchal: Communication Specialist, Greenpeace India; +91 8359826363;
Jitendra Kumar: Communication Specialist, Greenpeace India; +91 9868167337;