December 30, 2019
A few days ago, The United Nations Human Rights Office issued a statement condemning the “fundamentally discriminatory” Citizenship Amendment Act. While welcoming the goal of protecting persecuted groups, the UN Body called out against the exclusion of Muslims including minority sects.
The statement pointed out that the new law “undermines” the commitment to equality enshrined in India’s constitution. The Act also goes against India’s obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention for the Elimination of Racial; both of which prohibits discrimination based on racial, ethnic or religious grounds. The Suno India Show editor Padma Priya reached out to Pia Oberoi, senior advisor on migration, UN Human Rights office to understand their concerns around the CitizenShip amendment act.