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UN slams ‘discriminatory’ Indian citizenship act

Agencies, Dhaka, United Nations
UN slams ‘discriminatory’ 
Indian citizenship act

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Jeremy Laurence yesterday expressed deep concern over India’s new Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019, calling it “fundamentally discriminatory in nature”. Under the law, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who have entered India illegally till December 31, 2014 can apply for citizenship if they can prove they originate from Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan. A UNB report said the lower house approved it on Monday and the upper house of Parliament passed it on Wednesday night. Later, it was needed to be signed by the country's ceremonial president, a formality before becoming law. Critics say it undermines the country's secular constitution but ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) argues that it will give sanctuary to people fleeing religious persecution.

“The legislation does not extend the same protection to Muslims, including minority sects,” Laurence told a Geneva news briefing, adding that the amended law would appear to undermine the commitment to equality.

Although India’s broader naturalisation laws remain in place, these amendments will have a discriminatory effect on people’s access to nationality, he said.

All migrants, regardless of their migration status, are entitled to respect, protection and fulfilment of their human rights.

The UN official hoped that the Indian Supreme Court would consider carefully the compatibility of the law with India’s international human rights obligations.

He also expressed concern over the death of two people and injured police officers in Assam and Tripura as people protested against the Act and urged all sides to refrain from resorting to violence.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for UN chief Antonio Guterres said that the UN was closely analysing the possible consequences of India’s amended Citizenship Act.

He also insisted that the world body has its

basic principles, including those enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and expect those to be upheld, reports PTI.

The amended Act says the refugees of the six communities will be given Indian citizenship after residing in India for five years, instead of earlier requirement of 11 years.

“We’re aware that the lower and upper houses of the Indian Parliament have passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, and we”re also aware of the concerns that have been publicly expressed. The United Nations is closely analysing the possible consequences of the law,” Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General Farhan Haq said Thursday during the daily press briefing.

Haq was responding to a question on whether the Secretary-General has a comment on the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Haq added that he would also like to draw attention to the fact that some of the UN human rights mechanisms, including rapporteurs, have already been expressing their concerns about the nature of this law, and you can see those from the Human Rights Office.

On whether there will be any statement after the UN completes its analysis of the possible consequences of the law, Haq said we’ll have to see what the nature of our reaction needs to be. Right now, we are in the process of analysing the features of this.

“And as I mentioned a few days earlier, of course, we have our basic principles, including those enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and expect those to be upheld, he said.

Meanwhile, a clash broke out between students of Jamia Millia Islamia and police personnel in the national capital New Delhi yesterday, reports The Times of India.

The students were protesting Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). The clash took place when the police tried to stop their protest march. While raising slogans against the government, they started pelting stones at the police personnel. Later, the police resorted to lathicharge. Several students got injured in the incident.  A few students were admitted to hospital for treatment.

Another PTI reports adds: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, became an Act of law after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the legislation on Thursday.

According to an official notification, the Act comes into effect with its publication in the official gazette on Thursday.

The Act says the refugees of the six communities will be given Indian citizenship after residing in India for five years, instead of earlier requirement of 11 years.

The Act also proposes to give immunity to such refugees facing legal cases after being found as illegal migrants.

According to the legislation, it will not be applicable to the tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura as included in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and in the areas covered under the Inner Line Permit (ILP), notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873.

The ILP regime is applicable in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram. However, a large section of people and organisations in the Northeast, especially in Assam and Tripura, have opposed the Act, saying it will nullify the provisions of the Assam Accord of 1985, which fixed March 24, 1971, as the cut-off date for deportation of all illegal immigrants irrespective of religion.

Protests against the legislation have intensified since Monday in the Northeast.

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