European Union clarification on CAA (Anti-CAA Protests in India) (Photo Credit: File Photo)
After India’s blazing remark over a draft resolution on Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the European Parliament has come up with the clarification saying, “the text referred to are draft resolution by political groups in the European Parliament.”
“The European Parliament is an independent institution, sovereign in the organization of its work and in its deliberations. The text referred to are draft resolution by political groups in the European Parliament,” the news agency ANI tweeted.
Delegation of European Union to India on draft resolution on #CAA: The European Parliament is an independent institution, sovereign in the organization of its work and in its deliberations. The text referred to are draft resolution by political groups in the European Parliament. pic.twitter.com/H8wKpYAcyQ— ANI (@ANI) January 27, 2020
The clarification comes ahead of the debate and vote on a resolution tabled by some of its members against the CAA which it says marks a “dangerous shift” in the country’s citizenship regime. It is to be noted that the resolution, tabled by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) Group in Parliament earlier this week, is set to be debated next Wednesday and voted on the day after.
“The CAA marks a dangerous shift in the way citizenship will be determined in India and is set to create the largest statelessness crisis in the world and cause immense human suffering,” it notes.
“Instead of addressing the concerns, offering corrective action, calling for security forces to act with restraint and ensuring accountability, many government leaders have been engaging in efforts to discredit, rebuke and threaten the protesters,” the resolution states.
However, official sources in India’s Ministry of External Affairs Ministry (MEA) said that the EU Parliament should not take actions that call into question the rights and authority of democratically elected legislatures.
“The Citizenship Amendment Act is a matter entirely internal to India and the law was adopted through democratic means after a public debate in both houses of Parliament,” they said.
It is worth mentioning here that the CAA came into force in India last December amid protests in India and around the world. The Indian government has stressed that the new Act does not deny any citizenship rights but has been brought in to protect the oppressed minorities of neighbouring countries and provide them citizenship.