INDIA’S COURTS ARE ALLOWING FOREIGNERS TRIBUNALS TO WREAK HAVOC IN ASSAM
India's Courts Are Allowing Foreigners Tribunals To Render People Stateless In Assam
The Foreigners Tribunals have been enabled by the Supreme Court of India and the Gauhati High Court to create a statelessness crisis in Assam, Amnesty International India said in its new briefing ‘Designed to Exclude’ as it called for a review of the existing legislative regime governing nationality determination in India.
Designed To Exclude
India’s Courts are Allowing Foreigners Tribunals to Render People Stateless in Assam
For the last 15 years, Foreigners Tribunals have wreaked havoc in Assam by arbitrarily denying people their citizenship. Riddled with bias, they have declared Indian citizens to be foreigners for minor spelling mistakes in their names, their inability to provide detailed documents or recall minute ancestral details dating back 50 years or more. These semi-judicial bodies have not been held accountable by the courts, the Government of India and the Government of Assam. Instead, they have been emboldened to function with little or no oversight. Amnesty International India strongly urges Government of India to ensure that the Foreigners Tribunals function with utmost transparency and operate in line with fair trial standards.
125 Organisations Around The World Condemn Exclusion of 1.9 Million People In Assam NRC
31,121,004 residents of Assam were included in the NRC and therefore recognised as citizens, whereas 1,906,657 residents – approximately 6% of the population of Assam - were excluded, pushing them to the brink of statelessness.
Assam: Millions Stare At Uncertain Future
Responding to the National Register of Citizens (NRC) list published today, Arijit Sen, Programmes Manager, Amnesty International India said
Amnesty International India is concerned that the NRC process in Assam may render a significant number of people stateless. It is possible that the process will arbitrarily deprive people, who have lived in India for decades, of their nationality.
Akhil Gogai’s Administration Detention Must End
Peasant rights activist Akhil Gogoi should be immediately released from administrative detention or charged with genuine criminal offences and prosecuted in a fair trial
Civilian deaths in Assam highly condemnable; perpetrators must be brought to justice
The series of attacks, allegedly by armed groups, on unarmed civilians in Assam that has led to the death of at least 50 people and serious injuries to several others is highly condemnable and shows contempt for human lives.
Government must guarantee fair trial to detained journalist Jaikhlong Brahma
The Government of Assam must release Jaikhlong Brahma from administrative detention or charge him with recognizably criminal offences, and guarantee him a fair trial which meet international standards
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