Issued by the Joint Forum Against NRC, Kolkata
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Rattled by the upsurge in popular protests across the country against the passage of the Unconstitutional Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 in parliament, Prime Minister Modi has accused the anti-NRC and anti-CAA protesters and the opposition parties of spreading “rumours and lies”. The assertions made by Mr. Modi in Ramlila Maidan (December 22, 2019), however, are brazen falsehoods which must be exposed and rebutted in public interest.
Modi says: “NRC in Assam was initiated only because of the Supreme Court Order. No discussion on nationwide NRC has been held within the Government and the matter has never been brought to the Parliament.”
Rebuttal: The BJP Manifesto for the 2019 LS elections states under the section Combating Infiltration (p.11):
There has been a huge change in the cultural and linguistic identity of some areas due to illegal immigration, resulting in an adverse impact on local people’s livelihood and employment. We will expeditiously complete the National Register of Citizens process in these areas on priority. In future we will implement the NRC in a phased manner in other parts of the country. (Emphasis Added)
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As students, alumni and faculty members of the University of York, UK, we stand in solidarity with all students in India who are engaged in protests against the discriminatory Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019. We believe that the right to dissent, protest and demonstrate are fundamental rights integral to all democracies. Articles 19 (1) (a) and 19 (1) (b) of the Indian Constitution explicitly state that the right to protest is a fundamental right. Such a right is safeguarded in international human rights conventions as well.
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The wave of protest in India in response to The Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA) passed on 11th December 2019 is being violently suppressed. Protesters claim the Act fundamentally alters the concept of Indian citizenship and is against the secular and inclusive India Constitution as it introduces discrimination against Muslims and other ethnic minorities. Protests are happening across all the states in the Northeast of India and have spread to the university campuses in the rest of the country. There have been deaths and injuries in the Northeast and the government has imposed an internet blackout effectively cutting them off from the rest of the world. Injuries have also been reported from JamiaMillia and AMU. On the 19th December, students, noted academicians, activists and political leaders have been detained by the police, following peaceful protests. Continue reading Dublin City University Faculty and Students Condemn Repression of Peaceful Protests in India