A resolution was adopted to recognize CAA and NRC as an attempt “to make millions of citizens statelessly powerless by minorities and caste.” San Francisco has become the sixth city in the United States to encrypt the Citizenship Amendment Act and the National Registry of Residents, published on 22 June, Wednesday by TwoCircles.net.
|| Varsha Sahoo
Along with other local San Francisco groups, the Coalition for Peace and Democracy collaborated on a bill to recognize CAA and NRC as an attempt “to make millions of people stateless by minorities and caste marginalized.” The American Institute of Islamic History and Culture, the Interfaith Council of San Francisco, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and the Muslim Community Center of San Francisco were all part of it.
Similar resolutions have also passed in Seattle, Albany, Saint Paul, Hamtramck and Cambridge, calling CAA and NRC “special and bigoted.” San Francisco sits on the right side of the issue, San Francisco Human Rights Commission commissioner Hala Hijazi said. Hijazi, now a board member of the San Francisco Muslim Community Center and the Interfaith Council of San Francisco, said the community is leading the social majority in the worldwide uproar against the bill.
“As genocidal campaigns begin, one significant involvement is international condemnation, and the Bay Area community feels a profound sense of solidarity with their political officials, as the time has come to stand against the Islamophobic policies of the Indian government,” she said.
The Alliance for Justice and Accountability has argued that the use of religion as a criterion for granting citizenship is a “flagrant breach of all the norms of liberal democracy,” adding that it is incompatible with the Constitution of India which guarantees equality before the law for people of all faiths.
“These genocidal ventures are happening in the darkness and this resolution shows the urgency of speaking up for the marginalized populations of South Asian groups, Muslims and caste,” said Sharmin Hossain of the Equity Laboratories, a human rights start-up. She noted that thousands of activists across the world called for an extension of the resolution to ensure that communities across the US did not stand on the “side of genocide.”
The CAA, approved by Parliament on December 11, provides citizenship to refugees from six minority religious communities from Bangladesh, Afghanisthan and Pakistan, on the condition that they have lived in India for six years and entered the country by December 31, 2014. Critics fear that the CAA when used in conjunction with a proposed National Register of Indian Citizens will allow the government to force many Muslims to prove their citizenship.