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India Front Line Report
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2020-02-12 ArtNo.46678
◆CAA violates Constitution, global human rights law: Amnesty

【Washington】Amnesty International has told the US lawmakers that the recently enacted Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) stands in "clear violation" of the Constitution of India and international human rights law and "legitimises discrimination" on the basis of religion.
 Amnesty International 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 two subcommittees jointly organised a hearing on Ending Global Religious Persecution.
 The new citizenship law passed by Indian Parliament in December 2019 offers citizenship to non-Muslim persecuted religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. The Indian government has been emphasising that the new law will not deny any citizenship rights, but has been brought to protect the oppressed minorities of neighbouring countries and give them citizenship.
 Defending the CAA, Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month said that the law is not about taking away citizenship, it is about giving citizenship. "We must all know that any person of any religion from any country of the world who believes in India and its Constitution can apply for Indian citizenship through due process. There's no problem in that," he said.
 "The CAA is an internal matter of India. It has been adopted through due process and democratic means," Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar has said, fending off criticism against the CAA.

○PoK-Origin MEP behind Anti-CAA move in European parliament

【New Delhi】A Member of European Parliament from the United Kingdom who is originally from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is allegedly behind the draft resolution against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which is proposed to be tabled in the European Parliament later in January.
 Shaffaq Mohammed, a native of Mirpur in PoK is an MEP since 2019 and was awarded Member of the Order of British Empire in 2015 "for political service" as a councillor on the Sheffield City Council.
 The proposed resolution is reportedly supported by 154 of 751 members of the European Parliament. European Parliament resolutions are, however, not binding on the European Commission. The CAA could trigger the "largest statelessness crisis in the world and cause widespread human suffering", the group of 154 MEPs has alleged.
 People familiar with Indo-Pak affairs and UK politics do not rule out the hand of the Pakistan government behind the move by Mohammed, one of the MEPs to have drafted the resolution. India and EU are planning to hold their next summit in Brussels soon.
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CAA violates Constitution, global human rights law: Amnesty

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Entirely internal, says India as EU moves to vote on CAA resolution

Anti-CAA protests by large number of Indian Americans mar R-Day celebrations in US

Anti-CAA protests by large number of Indian Americans mar Republic Day celebrations in US

PoK-Origin MEP behind Anti-CAA move in European parliament

European Parliament to vote on Kashmir, Citizenship Amendment Act

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