UN calls for review of India’s citizenship law

by MCR Correspondent

The United Nations human rights office has requested a review of India’s citizenship law.

UN disclosed on Friday that the law was fundamentally discriminatory in nature as Muslims are neglected and called for it to be reviewed.

The human rights bidy said violent clashes erupted in Delhi between police and thousands of university students on Friday protesting the enactment of the contentious new law.
“We are concerned that India’s new Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 is fundamentally discriminatory in nature,” UN human rights spokesman Jeremy Laurence told a Geneva news briefing.

“The new law does not extend the same protection to Muslim migrants as to six other religious minorities fleeing persecution, thereby undermining India’s commitment to equality before the law, enshrined in its constitution,” he added.

“We understand the new law will be reviewed by the Supreme Court of India and hope it will consider carefully the compatibility of the law with India’s international human rights obligations,” Laurence said.

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