India’s response to comments by US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
The CAB does not affect the existing avenues available to all communities seeking citizenship, MEA Official Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said
"The Statement made by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) is neither accurate nor warranted. The Bill provides expedited consideration for Indian citizenship to persecuted religious minorities already in India from certain contiguous countries,” Ministry of External Affairs Official Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on December 10, 2019.
The Bill seeks to address their current difficulties and meet their basic human rights. Such an initiative should be welcomed, not criticized by those who are genuinely committed to religious freedom, he said.
The CAB does not affect the existing avenues available to all communities interested in seeking citizenship from doing so. The recent record of granting such citizenship would bear out the Government of India’s objectivity in that regard.
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