Scrap Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA) - UN Human Rights #ScrapCAA

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I am Aamir, a proud Indian citizen and an Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) Alumnus living in Australia. I have represented and won global awards for my country in social entrepreneurship and was recently awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Australia. 

But now, 200 million Indian Muslims and I are at risk. The Indian government's introduction of Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 (CAA) coupled with National Register of Citizens (NRC) - puts us Muslim citizens at the Modi Government's mercy and discretion for our residency status. We fear we will be treated as second class citizens, or rendered stateless.

Here is why CAA (2019) is dangerous. It makes a promise to entertain requests for refugee and citizenship to all those ‘persecuted minorities’ from three Islamic countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who reached India before either 2014 or later. The amendments while giving special privileges only to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jain, Parsis and Christians from these three countries, singles out Muslims for exclusion. For example, neither the Ahmadiyas, who are undoubtedly persecuted in Pakistan, nor do possible asylum seekers like the Rohingyas from Myanmar or Tamils from Sri Lanka have any place here.

For the first time in my country, there is a statutory attempt to not just privileged people from some faiths but at the same time relegate another, Muslims, to second-rate status.

The proposed amendments to India’s 1955 citizenship law (Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019) need to be strongly rejected on these counts alone, in that they are divisive and discriminatory in character. The CAB, 2019 is at odds with Constitutional secular principles and a violation of Articles 13, 14, 15, 16 and 21 which guarantees the right to equality, equality before the law and non discriminatory treatment by the Indian state.

Sign my petition asking UN Human Rights Commission to condemn this move by the Indian government and urge it to scrap the Citizenship Amendment Act (2019). #ScrapCAA  

If you believe in equality, justice and secularism, please raise your voice. Sign and share my petition so that this divisive law is scrapped and every Indian, irrespective of religion, feels safe in their homes.

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