New citizenship law legitimises discrimination on basis of religion, stands in clear violation of Constitution & international human rights law, says Amnesty International
New Delhi: Amnesty International has told the US lawmaker that the recently enacted Citizenship (Amendment) Act stands in clear violation of the constitution of India and international human rights law and legitimises discrimination on the basis of religion.
The new citizenship law passed by Parliament in December 2019 offers citizenship to non-Muslim persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific advocacy manager Francisco Bencosme made the remarks during a testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations and House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee.
The Indian government has been emphasising that the new law will not deny any citizenship rights, but has been brought to protect the oppressed minorities of neighbouring countries and give them citizenship.
The Indian Parliament passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which legitimises discrimination on the basis of religion and stands in clear violation of the constitution of India and international human rights law, Bencosme added.