UN refuses to comment on CAB

WASHINGTON: The United Nations on Tuesday (local time) declined to comment on the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha, stating that the regulator's only concern is to ensure that all governments examine non-discriminatory laws.

When asked about the UN response to the passage of the bill, Farhan Haq, the deputy spokesman for the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, said: As far as I know, this legislation will go through a legislative process. We do not have a comment while the national legislative process is taking place.

At the same time, our concern is only to ensure that all governments examine non-discriminatory laws, Haq added in his weekly report.

The historic legislation passed with a majority of 311 votes against 80 votes on Monday, looks for members of the Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to India until 31 December, 2014, to end their treatment as illegal immigrants in the country.

The bill will be presented in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, where the NDA will require the support of at least 123 deputies in the house of 245 members.