While critics have questioned the government over the exclusion of Muslims from CAA, India has strongly defended its move

Members of the Progressive Democratic Students’ Federation stage a protest after the Central Government notified the rules for implementation of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019, in Kolkata on March 16, 2024. Image for representation purposes only. File | Photo Credit: PTI


The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has voiced concern over the Central Government’s notification of rules to implement the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), saying no one should be denied citizenship based on religion or belief.

Rules for implementation of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) were notified earlier this month, paving the way for granting citizenship to undocumented non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

“The problematic CAA establishes a religious requirement for asylum seekers in India fleeing neighbouring countries,” USCIRF Commissioner Stephen Schneck said in a statement Monday.

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