New Delhi/Washington: India on Tuesday termed the feedback made by the US Fee on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom (USCIRF) on the Citizenship (Modification) Invoice (CAB) as “neither accurate nor warranted.”
Ministry of Exterior Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in an announcement mentioned, the Invoice that was handed by the Lok Sabha on Monday midnight, “provides expedited consideration for Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities already in India from certain contiguous countries”.
He mentioned the Invoice “seeks to address their current difficulties and meet their basic human rights.”
“Such an initiative should be welcomed, not criticized by those who are genuinely committed to religious freedom,” the assertion mentioned.
He mentioned the CAB “does not affect the existing avenues available to all communities interested in seeking citizenship from doing so. The recent record of granting such citizenship would bear out the Government of India’s objectivity in that regard.”
He clarified that neither the CAB nor the Nationwide Register of Residents (NRC) course of seeks to strip citizenship from any Indian citizen of any religion, and added that recommendations to that impact are “motivated and unjustified.”
“Each nation, together with the US, has the appropriate to enumerate and validate its citizenry and to train this prerogative by means of numerous insurance policies.
“The place articulated by USCIRF isn’t a surprise given its previous report. It’s, nonetheless, regrettable that the physique has chosen to be guided solely by its prejudices and biases on a matter on which it clearly has little data and no locus standi,” the assertion added.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar additionally tweeted, “We regret the inaccurate and unwarranted comments made by USCIRF on #CAB. They have chosen to be guided by their prejudices and biases on a matter on which they have little knowledge and no locus standi.”
We remorse the incorrect and unwarranted feedback made by USCIRF on #CAB. They’ve chosen to be guided by their prejudices and biases on a matter on which they’ve little data and no locus standi.
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— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) December 10, 2019
The USCIRF on Monday mentioned it’s “deeply troubled” by the passage of the Citizenship (Modification) Invoice (CAB) “given the religion criterion in the bill.”
It mentioned if the CAB passes in each homes of Parliament, the US authorities “should consider sanctions against the Home Minister and other principal leadership.”
It mentioned that the CAB “enshrines a pathway to citizenship for immigrants that specifically excludes Muslims, setting a legal criterion for citizenship based on religion.”
It termed the CAB “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 the Home Minister seeks to propose, USCIRF fears that the Indian government is creating a religious test for Indian citizenship that would strip citizenship from millions of Muslims.”