Seattle City Council approves resolution against CAA, NRC

WASHINGTON: On Monday, one of the most powerful city councils in the United States, unanimously passed a resolution that condemns the Citizens' Amendment Act recently enacted by India () and the National Registry of Citizens ().

Reaffirming Seattle as a welcoming city and expressing solidarity with the city's South Asian community, regardless of religion and caste, the resolution resolves that the Seattle City Council opposes the National Register of Citizens and the Citizens Amendment Act in India, and considers that these policies are discriminatory for Muslims, oppressed castes, women, indigenous people and LGBT people.

Submitted by a member of the Council of the City of the Indians and the United States, the resolution urges the Parliament of India to respect the Constitution of India repealing the CAA, stop the National Registry of Citizens and take steps to help refugees by ratifying several UN treaties on refugees.

The decision of the city of Seattle to condemn the CAA should be a message to all who wish to undermine pluralism and religious freedom. They cannot sell hatred and intolerance, and they expect international acceptance at the same time, said Ahsan Khan, president of India.

Then Mozhi Soundararajan of Equality Labs, who organized the community in support of the resolution, welcomed his approval. We are proud of the Seattle City Council for being on the right side of the story today. Seattle is leading the moral consensus in the global protest against the CAA, he said.

Soundararajan said thousands of organizers across the country have called, emailed and visited the members of the Seattle City Council to extend this resolution, and gives an example to the cities of the United States.

At a time when members of the Indian ruling party sided with Trump, the Muslim ban and his war on immigrants as a justification for attacking hundreds of millions of Indian minorities, Americans have the sole responsibility to stand up and talk about This human rights crisis. We are glad Seattle is leading the way in this, he said.