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Citizenship Amendment Act may leave Muslims stateless, says U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres

India’s new citizenship law may render a large number of Muslims stateless, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said. In an interview to The Dawn newspaper in Pakistan, he expressed concern about the Citizenship Amendment Act, and urged countries to act humanely while framing new laws. “There is a risk of statelessness,” he said asked about the impact of the law on the Muslim community.

Mr. Guterres said he was personally concerned about the future of the religious minorities in India after the enactment of the new citizenship law, which seeks to give citizenship to persecuted minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

While enacting new citizenship laws, measures should be taken to ensure that they did not create stateless citizens, he said.…


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