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UN Chief expresss concerns over CAB, wants laws to be non-discriminatory

United Nations, Dec 11 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed its concern over ethnic discriminations and said that all governments must peruse “non-discriminatory laws”.

The global watchdog has by and large stayed clear of India’s legislations lately, including the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, that was brought into effect in August this year.

The United States House Foreign Affairs Committee had on Tuesday expressed its apprehensions over the Bill and said that a religious test for citizenship rights “could undermine the basic tenet of democratic values of the country”

“As far as I am aware, this legislation will go through a legislative process. We do not have a comment while the domestic legislative process is being carried out. At the same time, our concerns are only of being sure that all governments peruse non-discriminatory laws,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, according to a report by news agency.

The United States House Foreign Affairs Committee had on Tuesday expressed its apprehensions over the Bill and said that a religious test for citizenship rights “could undermine the basic tenet of democratic values of the country”.

At the same time, our concerns are only of being sure that all governments peruse non-discriminatory laws,” Haq added in his weekly briefing.

Through this Bill, Indian citizenship will be provided to the members of Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi and Christian communities, who have come from the three countries to India till December 31, 2014 but not Muslims.

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