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CAA will cause Muslims to face exclusion: U.S. panel

Dissent continues:Anti-CAA protesters being detained near the U.P. Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday.Bibek Chettri

Dissent continues:Anti-CAA protesters being detained near the U.P. Bhavan in New Delhi on Thursday.Bibek Chettri  

PM made it clear that country won’t budge: official sources

Days before U.S. President Donald Trump is due in India, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released a fact sheet on the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

“There are serious concerns that the CAA serves as a protective measure for non-Muslims in case of exclusion from a nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC),” the USCIRF says. “This purpose is evident from BJP politicians’ rhetoric. With the CAA in place, Muslims would primarily bear the punitive consequences of exclusion from the NRC which could include ‘statelessness, deportation, or prolonged detention,’ according to three United Nations Special Rapporteurs.”

However, official sources in New Delhi said the new citizenship law was an internal matter that would stay. “CAA is a done deal. It’s not going to change. The Prime Minister has also made it clear that India will not budge an inch on this issue,” said the sources in response to USCIRF’s comments on the CAA and the NRC.

On the possibilities that Mr. Trump might raise uncomfortable issues like mediation during visit, an official spokesperson said, “On all these issues our position is well known to the U.S. side. Time and again we have communicated with them — the State Department, the White House and the Congress — about our sensitivities. Our position is well known and we hope that things will go on smoothly during the visit. And, we don’t see any such problem.”

(With inputs from

Kallol Bhattacherjee)

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