"With Amnesty International, I'm sorry. Well, we obviously, as we do around the world, support the right to freedom of expression and assembly, including through civil society," Toner told reporters on Monday.

He was asked about the sedition charge against the group in India after they staged an event called ‘Broken Families’ on the situation of different families in Kashmir.

Toner said the State Department was aware of the reports that police in Bengaluru have initiated preliminary investigation into allegations of sedition against Amnesty International, "I direct you to the police for more details into this investigation, but certainly we, as I said, respect the right for Amnesty and others to express themselves freely."

The remarks came a day after Karnataka Home Minister G. Parameshwara said he had ‘not given any clean chit’ to the rights group. He had earlier said the group was not involved in anti-national activities though some anti-India slogans were raised by some participants at the event at United Theological College in the city on August 13.

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