Support Journalist Amitt Bhatt's right to stay in the UK

Kath Grant
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Please sign the petition and support journalist Amitt Bhatt's campaign to stay in the UK. Amitt is a member of the Manchester & Salford Branch of the National Union of Journalists and is seeking asylum on human rights grounds.

He is a Kashmiri Pandit, a native Hindu of the Kashmir valley, and has written newspaper articles and three books about human rights abuses in Kashmir - Cryashmir; Lies and Genocides of the Indian Government; and Kashmiri Pandits – Victims of Betrayal and Deception by the Indian Government. An attempt is currently being made, through a case in the Indian courts, to ban two of his books.

As an investigative journalist, Amitt also covered stories about corruption in India. Like many journalists in India, Amitt has been persecuted and threatened because of his work. One of his close colleagues was murdered,

Following the publication of his second book about Kashmir, he was arrested by the Indian police in early February 2011 and was tortured and beaten until his escape from detention in mid March 2011. After this, he went into hiding for three years, moving frequently around the country. In April 2014, he left India and claimed asylum in the UK. Amitt's wife Manjeet was also threatened because of his work and, after his disappearance in 2011, she came to the UK to seek safety.

Journalists in India are routinely subjected to persecution, arrests, beatings and even murder. In February this year, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the National Union of Journalists in India (NUJI), and the Indian Journalists' Union (IJU) deplored the latest brutal murder of a journalist in the country. The IFJ has joined the Indian journalists' unions in demanding urgent action from their government to ensure that India does not become “a killing field of journalists”.

If Amitt returns to India, he is likely to be detained, attacked or even murdered because of his investigative journalism. Please sign the petition. For more information, you can email mcrsalfordnuj@gmail.com



  • dale james mason
    dale james mason United Kingdom
    Nov 19, 2017
    Nov 19, 2017
    Ammit is a great friend and a great man who does not deserve ANYTHING but a right to stay here in england. He has recently helped me with many of lifes problems and is a very selfless and humble man. A pleasure to know and a friend for life
  • Akshay Kumar Rathod
    Akshay Kumar Rathod United Kingdom, Wembley
    Nov 15, 2017
    Nov 15, 2017
    Being a journalist & a student of International relations. I agree that India is a dangerous country for journaliats, the recent murder of a journalist has sent shivers among the community. Yet they practice their right to speech & expression. Journalistic world have followed the British path of freedom of expression & free speech, we hope The authorities will keep this in consederation bedore taking any decision.
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Jul 10, 2017
    Jul 10, 2017
    such souls need to be protected
  • Marie Scott
    Marie Scott United Kingdom, Manchester
    May 20, 2017
    May 20, 2017
    Hopefully we can all make a difference if we could help this family , one day it could be your own family who needs a hand / signature , even if this is futile just show some support for a family who needs it.
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