India faces a big embarassing blow on diplomatic front over controversial citizenship law against Muslims
ISLAMABAD - India faces a big embarassing blow on diplomatic front over controversial citizenship law against Muslims.
Six major political groups of the 27-member European Parliament, estimated to hold 620 members of the 751 member-body, have tabled a resolution condemning the Indian Citizenship Act 2019 and urged India to repeal the controversial law deemed discriminatory towards Muslims and other minorities.
The resolution also expressed concern that besides the CAA, the Indian Government’s push for a nationwide citizenship verification process, commonly known as the NRC, aims to strip Muslims of their citizenship rights while protecting those of Hindus and other non-Muslims.
The resolution also condemns the violence and systematic brutality being carried out by the Indian authorities against those who are protesting against CAA.
The resolution calls on the Indian authorities to end such policies.
The resolution regrets that a religious criterion has become the basis of India’s naturalization and refugee process. The resolution predicts that the CAA will create the largest statelessness crisis in the world and lead to immense human suffering.
The resolution adds that UN has expressed concerns regarding the CAA and the violence that has followed its implementation. And that the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has held that the CAA is ‘fundamentally discriminatory in nature’.
The resolution by the six political groups of the EU Parliament will be tabled on Wednesday.
The resolution will be jointly tabled by Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats) (PPE), Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), Renew Europe Group (Renew), Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance (Verts/ALE), Group of the European United Left - Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) and European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR).