Days after clashes erupted against passage of anti-Muslims Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which granted Indian nationality to minorities excluding Muslims, Washington and London on Saturday (Dec 14) issued travel warnings for northeast India as several people killed and injured in protests.
The United States and Britain warned their nationals to “exercise caution” if travelling to the wider northeast region. In a statement issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the United Kingdom has urged visitors to the northeast to avoid “all but essential” travel and “monitor local media” for the latest information about the circumstances around them.
The United States also asked citizens to “exercise caution” in the context of protests and violence against the passing of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). “The US government has temporarily suspended official travel to Assam,” Washington said.
Earlier, United Nations human rights office on Friday (Dec13) has expressed serious concerns over India’s anti- Muslims, Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) and termed it as fundamentally discriminatory against Muslims.
“We are concerned that India’s new Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 is fundamentally discriminatory in nature,” U.N. human rights spokesman Jeremy Laurence told a Geneva news briefing. The new law does not extend the same protection to Muslim migrants as to six other religious minorities fleeing persecution, thereby undermining India’s commitment to equality before the law, enshrined in its constitution, he said.
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