New Delhi: Stating that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is ‘entirely internal to India’, government sources has reportedly slammed the anti-CAA resolution tabled by six groups — within the European Union (EU). Taking exception to the move, government sources claimed that the legislation was adopted through democratic means after a debate in both houses of Parliament.
“Every society that fashions a pathway to naturalisation contemplates both a context and criteria. This is not discrimination. In fact, European societies have followed the same approach,” a portal quoted a government source as stating. Furthermore, the source expressed hope that as fellow democracies, the EU Parliament would not take any action that calls into question the rights of democratically elected legislatures.
Earlier on Sunday, 626 of 751 members of the European Union parliament moved six resolutions on the twin issues of CAA and reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir. They are set to be debated in the European Parliament in Brussels next Wednesday and voted on the day after.
In the resolution, the lawmakers accused the government of ‘discriminating against, harassing and prosecuting minorities’ and silencing dissenters including human rights groups, civil society members and media critical of the ruling establishment.
They also expressed ‘deep concern’ that India was creating grounds to strip Muslims of their citizenship and that the CAA, along with the proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) would render Muslims ‘stateless.’ Citing Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as well as the India-EU Strategic Joint Action Plan (JAP) in November 2005, the resolution also accused India of ‘violating’ India’s international obligations on citizenship.
The CAA grants citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh and who came to India on or before December 31, 2014.