Amnesty says CAA a rights violation

Amnesty says CAA a rights violation

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Amnesty International Asia Pacific Advocacy Manager, Mr. Francisco Bencosme, made the remarks during a testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations and House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee.

The Indian Parliament passed the Citizenship Amendment Act, which legitimises discrimination on the basis of religion and stands in clear violation of the constitution of India and international human rights law, Mr. Bencosme said.

India has asserted that the legislation on CAA was enacted following the due process. 'The CAA is an internal matter of India. It has been adopted through due process and democratic means,' the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Mr. Raveesh Kumar has said.

Defending the CAA, the Prime Minister last month said that the law is not about taking away citizenship, it is about giving citizenship. 'We must all know that any person of any religion from any country of the world who believes in India and its Constitution can apply for Indian citizenship through due process. There's no problem in that,' he said. The two subcommittees jointly organised a hearing on Ending Global Religious Persecution.