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QUESTION NO.209 CONCERNS EXPRESSED OVER CAA

March 12, 2020

RAJYA SABHA
STARRED QUESTION NO.209
TO BE ANSWERED ON 12.03.2020

CONCERNS EXPRESSED OVER CAA

* 209. SHRI ABDUL WAHAB:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether the United Nations General Secretary has voiced concern over the use of excessive force by security personnel in India against the peaceful protestors over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act;

(b) if so, the manner in which Government has responded to such concerns of International organizations; and

(c) whether the laws such as CAA and abrogation of Article 370 have brought a diplomatic setback to India internationally?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[DR. SUBRAHMANYAM JAISHANKAR]

(a) to (c) A statement is laid on the table of the House.

*** STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a) to (c) OF THE RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. *209 REGARDING "CONCERNS EXPRESSED OVER CAA” FOR ANSWER ON 12.03.2020.

As such, the United Nations Secretary General has not expressed any concern in this regard. His spokesperson, while responding to media queries on reports of violence in Delhi, spoke generally that the demonstrators be allowed to demonstrate peacefully and that security forces show restraint.

India has engaged with the UN Secretary General and other senior officials in the UN Secretariat and clarified to them that CAA is our internal matter and concerns the sovereign right of the Indian Parliament to make laws. It was also made 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.

India has continuously engaged with countries around the world, both bilaterally and at the United Nations, in order to clarify that CAA and abrogation of Article 370 are our internal matter.

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