The United Nations has condemned the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) of India calling it ‘fundamentally discriminatory’ in nature.
While expressing concern over the contentious CAA, the UN urges the Supreme Court of India to consider the compatibility of the new legislation in accordance with the country’s international human rights obligations.
United Nations Geneva, through its official Twitter handle, stated:
‘We are concerned that India’s new Citizenship Amendment Act is fundamentally discriminatory in nature & hope the Supreme Court of #India will consider carefully the compatibility of the law with India’s int’l human rights obligations. @UNHumanRights’
The CAA offers citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.
It also relaxes the requirement of acquiring citizenship from eleven to six years.
The CAA has triggered widespread protests across the country especially in the Northeast and more so in Assam.