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Citizenship Amendment Bill: US Commission "Consider Sanctions Against Amit Shah"
On International religious freedom, A federal US commission has said that the Citizenship(Amendment) Bill is a "dangerous turn in wrong direction" sought American sanctions against Amit Shah if the bill is passed by both houses Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha of Parliament.
Citizenship Amendment Bill: US Commission: "Consider Sanctions Against Amit Shah"
New Delhi: On International religious freedom, A federal US commission has said that the Citizenship(Amendment) Bill is a "dangerous turn in wrong direction" sought American sanctions against Amit Shah if the bill is passed by both houses Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha of Parliament.
As per the proposed legislation, members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, refugees came from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, till December 31, 2014 facing religious persecution there, will not be treated as illegal immigrants but granted Indian citizenship.
It was deeply troubled over the passage of the bill in Lok Sabha, US Commission for International Religious Freedom or USCIRF said in a statement on Monday.
The commission suggested "If the CAB passes in both houses of Parliament, the US government should consider sanctions against the Home Minister Amit Shah and other principal leadership,"
It further added "USCIRF is 'deeply troubled' by the passage of the CAB, originally introduced by Home Minister Shah, in the Lok Sabha given the religion criterion in the bill,"
On Monday Amit Shah tabled the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha, and 311 members were in favour where as 80 votes were agianst it, it will be now tabled in Rajya Sabha for its nod.
People belonging to any religion should not have any fear under Narendra Modi's government as he asserted that the bill will give relief to those minorities who have been living a tragic life after facing persecution in neighbouring countries, Amit Shah claimed while intorducing the bill.
Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that the bill has "endorsement of 130 crore Indian citizens" and rejected suggestions that the measure is anti-Muslims, saying it will give rights to refugees.
He stated "Citizenship amendment bill has the endorsement of 130 crore citizens of the country as it was the part of the BJP manifesto in 2014 as well as 2019 Lok Sabha elections,"
Congress, Trinamool Congress and other opposition parties opposed The Citizenship(Amendment) Bill.
USCIRF stated "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,"
In conjunction with the ongoing National Register of Citizens (NRC) process in Assam and nationwide NRC that Home Minister Shah seeks to propose, the commission claimed that the "USCIRF fears that the Indian government is creating a religious test for Indian citizenship that would strip citizenship from millions of Muslims". The commission also claimed that for more than a decade now the Indian Government has ignored the statements and annual reports of the USCIRF.
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