A United States federal commission has suggested that President Donald Trump’s administration should consider imposing sanctions on Home Minister Amit Shah, and other leaders of India, if he goes ahead and gets the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB).
Reacting to the passage of the controversial bill, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a statement stating that the US was deeply troubled by the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), originally introduced by Indian Home Minister Amit Shah.
In the statement released on Tuesday, USCIRF said that the bill specifically excluded 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,” it said.
“USCIRF fears that the Indian government is creating a religious test for Indian citizenship that would strip citizenship from millions of Muslims,” the USCIRF warned. The ruling BJP in India had included the passage of the CAB as part of its manifesto released ahead of elections in May 2019.
In India, the lower House, Lok Sabha has passed the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill which grants citizenship right to minorities from neighbouring countries excluding Muslims.
Home Minister Amit Shah introduced the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in India’s lower house amid raucous debate. Opposition parties stood against the proposed law that would, for the first time, create a legal pathway to grant Indian nationality on the basis of religion. 311 MPs voted in favour and 80 against it.
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