A group of 154 members of the European Parliament have drafted a resolution against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act, saying it could trigger the “largest statelessness crisis in the world”.
The five-page resolution will be presented during the plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels next week.
It describes the CAA as discriminatory and dangerously divisive but also a violation of India’s international obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The lawmakers are from the S&D Group, a forum of leaders from 26 European Union countries. They aim to uphold the values of equality, diversity and fairness.
India adopted the CAA, which has been called anti-Muslim, in December. Under the law, the naturalization of non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan has been fast tracked. The government has claimed the law has been enacted to help “persecuted minorities” in those three countries. However, it blocks the naturalization of Muslims.
It called the CAA “explicitly discriminatory in nature” as it excludes Muslims from having access to the same provisions as other religious groups.
The resolution has also called on the Indian government to ensure the right to peaceful protest is allowed and to guarantee the life and physical integrity of those who choose to protest. It also denounced the CAA.