The UN human rights office has said that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 is "discriminatory" against Muslims. "While the goal of protecting persecuted groups is welcome, this should have done through a robust national asylum system that had premised on the principle of equality and non-discrimination, and which applies to all people in need of protection from persecution", it added.
“We understand the new law that will get reviewed by the Supreme Court of India and hope it will consider carefully the compatibility of the law with India’s international human rights obligations,” U.N. human rights spokesman Jeremy Laurence said.
Violent clashes erupted in Delhi between police and thousands of university students on Friday protesting the enactment of the contentious new law.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has said the Citizenship Amendment Bill, approved by parliament on Wednesday, meant to protect minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.