December 11, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Washington, DC: The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Monday (Dec. 9) said that it is deeply troubled by the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), originally introduced by Home Minister Amit Shah, in the Lok Sabha (the lower house of the Indian Parliament) given the religion criterion in the bill. “If the CAB passes in both houses of parliament, the United States government should consider sanctions against the Home Minister and other principal leadership”, the statement added.
“The CAB enshrines a pathway to citizenship for immigrants that specifically excludes Muslims, setting a legal criterion for citizenship based on religion. 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 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”, the statement of USCIRF reads further.