‘Guided by prejudices & biases’: India hits back at US after it threatened sanctions over citizenship bill

The criticism of the citizenship bill by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is “neither accurate nor warranted,” India’s Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement on Tuesday.

The position articulated by USCIRF is not surprising given its past record. It is, however, regrettable that the body has chosen to be guided only by its prejudices and biases on a matter on which it clearly has little knowledge.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, or CAB, was approved on Monday by the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian parliament. The legislation simplifies the process of acquiring citizenship for Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis who have arrived from Pakistan, Afghanistan or Bangladesh.

Attacking the bill, the USCIRF called it discriminatory because it “excludes” India’s Muslim community. The commission further stressed that the US government should consider sanctioning Indian top-ranking officials if the bill becomes law. 

The legislation was also criticized by the opposition parties in India and sparked protests among Muslims.

Also on rt.com
US knows best? Washington threatens India with sanctions over citizenship bill for persecuted religious minorities

Home Minister Amit Shah, however, said that the CAB is simply aimed at protecting persecuted people coming from countries where Muslims are the majority. He assured Muslims that the bill is not directed against them and they “have no reason to fear.”

The Ministry of External Affairs reiterated that “the CAB does not affect the existing avenues to all communities interested in seeking citizenship from doing so.”

Think your friends would be interested? Share this story!

Source Article from https://www.rt.com/news/475484-india-us-citizenship-bill/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

Related Posts
US Secretly Threatened To Damage Europe’s Economy If EU Continued Iran Support

(MEMO) — United States (US) threatened to impose 25% tariffs on European car exports

Days before Europeans warned Iran of nuclear deal violations, Trump threatened Europeans

Press TV – The administration of the US President Donald Trump has reportedly threatened France,

Trump Threatened To Cut Off Baghdad’s Access To Its NY Fed Cash

After rejecting Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi's request to begin talks on the

‘Heckler’s Veto’: UBC threatened with legal action for cancelling talk on Antifa

   The University of British Columbia is being threatened with legal action over the cancellation

Hits: 6

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply


Powered by WordPress | Designed by: Premium WordPress Themes | Thanks to Themes Gallery, Bromoney and Wordpress Themes