Sanctions to be levied against Amit Shah if Citizenship Bill clears in Parliament: US Federal Body

NP1550 10/12/2019 11:45 AM

New Delhi. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has tagged the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a "dangerous turn in the wrong direction." USCIRF mentioned that it is "deeply troubled" by the Bill’s religion criterion. It further said that the US government should consider sanctions against Union Home Minister Amit Shah if the Bill clears the Upper House also. 


Expressing severe concern over the clearance of CAB in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, the USCIRF mentioned in a press note that, "The CAB enshrines a pathway to citizenship for immigrants that specifically excludes Muslims, setting a legal criterion for citizenship based on religion. The CAB is a dangerous turn in the wrong direction; it runs counter to India’s rich history of secular pluralism and the Indian Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law regardless of faith." As per the proposed legislation, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who have arrived from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, till December 31, 2014, facing religious persecution there, will not be considered as illegal immigrants but given Indian citizenship. Notably, the bill ignores Muslims. 


The federal US commission on international religious freedom said introduction of CAB along with the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) process has instilled fears that the “religious test” would strip millions of Muslims of their citizenship. The United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs tweeted, religious pluralism is central to the foundations of both India and the US and "any religious test for citizenship undermines this most basic democratic tenet." 





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