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UN human rights body moves SC over CAA, India calls it an internal matter

UN human rights body moves SC over CAA, India calls it an internal matter

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 03 Mar 2020, 10:20 am

New Delhi/IBNS:  The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has filed an intervention in the Supreme Court over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the Ministry of External Affairs said on Tuesday.

The new citizenship law was passed by the Indian government last year.

The Indian government reacted to the move made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and said CAA is an internal matter of the country.

" The Citizenship Amendment Act is an internal matter of India and concerns the sovereign right of the Indian Parliament to make laws. We strongly believe that no foreign party has any locus standi on issues pertaining to India’s sovereignty," read the statement issued by the MEA.

"We are clear that the CAA is constitutionally valid and complies with all requirements of our constitutional values. It is reflective of our long standing national commitment in respect of human rights issues arising from the tragedy of the Partition of India," it said.

"India is a democratic country governed by the rule of law. We all have utmost respect for and full trust in our independent judiciary. We are confident that our sound and legally sustainable position would be vindicated by the Hon’ble Supreme Court," the MEA said.

The CAA will grant citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Parsi, Jain but not Muslim refugees who came to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan before 2015.