CAA in 'clear violation' of the Indian Constitution and international human rights law: Amnesty

WASHINGTON: International Amnesty He has told US lawmakers that the recently enacted Citizens Amendment Act (), constitutes a clear violation of the Constitution of India and international human rights law and legitimizes discrimination on religious grounds.

The new one approved by Parliament in December 2019 offers citizenship to persecuted non-Muslim religious minorities in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

The Indian government has emphasized that the new law will not deny any right of citizenship, but has been presented to protect oppressed minorities in neighboring countries and give them citizenship.

International Amnesty 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 Parliament passed the Citizens Amendment Act, which legitimizes discrimination on the grounds of religion and is in clear violation of the constitution of India and international human rights law, said Bencosme.

India has claimed that the CAA legislation was enacted following due process.

The CAA is an internal affair of India. It has been adopted through due process and through democratic means, said the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, rejecting criticism against the CAA.

Defending the CAA, prime minister Narendra Modi Last month he said that the law is not about removing citizenship, it is about giving citizenship.

We should all know that any person of any religion from any country in the world who believes in India and its Constitution can apply for Indian citizenship through due process. No problem in that, he said.

The two subcommittees jointly organized a hearing on ending global religious persecution.