Rights meet on bill outcome

The Naga Peoples' Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) will hold a conclave of civil society organisations, human rights bodies and student organisations of the Northeast to discuss the consequences of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.

By PANKAJ SARMA in Guwahati
  • Published 9.07.18
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Guwahati: The Naga Peoples' Movement for Human Rights (NPMHR) will hold a conclave of civil society organisations, human rights bodies and student organisations of the Northeast to discuss the consequences of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.

The organisation will host the event in Dimapur on July 14.

According to the organisation, the conclave is being held in the backdrop of widespread protests by the people, civil society associations, student organisations and political parties of the region against the bill.

"But the Centre does not seem to be bothered about the sentiments of the people of the Northeast," general secretary of the organisation Neingulo Krome said in a statement.

They have sent out invites to all like-minded organisations of the region.

"Following suggestions made by our counterpart organisations of the Northeast, we are hosting the conclave to discuss threadbare about the bill's consequences. If the bill is passed in the upcoming monsoon session of the Parliament beginning on July 18, it will turn the Northeast into a dumping ground of illegal migrants," he added.

The bill, introduced in the Lok Sabha in July, 2016, aims to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and entered India before December 31, 2014.

It is feared that the bill, if becomes a law, will reduce the indigenous communities into minorities in their own state and there had been widespread protests against it.

It is alleged that the bill impinges on the principles of secularism and equality incorporated in the Constitution since it attempts to classify illegal migrants on basis of religion.