TDN World: Australian MP David Shoebridge raised voice against India’s controversial citizenship act and moved motion in the New South Wales legislative Council.

In his speech, while moving the motion, Shoebridge expressed concern that the citizenship law will be used to “revoke the citizenship of religious minorities and will result in statelessness of many vulnerable and marginalized groups.”

The full text of the anti-CAA motion speech by Shoebridge:

“India’s constitution commits it to democracy, equality, secularism asymmetrical federalism, and the protection of freedom of speech.

“But in spite of this, in December 2019, India enacted the Citizenship Amendment Act which discriminates on the grounds of religion and the provision of citizenship.

“The citizenship legislation is a effectively being used to revoke the citizenship of religious minorities and will result in statelessness for many vulnerable, marginalised groups.

“Large numbers of people have been declared to be foreigners left at risk of statelessness by citizenship verification processes of questionable legality and protests and dissent have been met with an authoritarian government response and civil liberties have been dramatically curtailed.”

“Large numbers of people have been declared to be foreigners left at risk of statelessness by citizenship verification processes of questionable legality and protests and dissent have been met with an authoritarian government response and civil liberties have been dramatically curtailed.”

Not only were protesters subject to police violence during the protests, but intellectuals, activists, and students who were active in the anti-CAA protest scenario have been arrested amidst the COVID-19 lockdown, in the aftermath of violence in northeast Delhi.

“This house calls on the Australian government, (a) require an ongoing dialogue as part of its broader engagement with the Modi administration that critically reviews Indian Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019, and (b) they renegotiate trade agreements between Australia and India so that they include a human rights clause,” Shoebridge said.

Australia is not the first foreign country to voice against the controversial nature of the amended Citizenship law, earlier various city councils in USA also passed resolution to put pressure on India, giving call to revoke the law. International rights body Human Rights Watch (HRW) also denounced the amended citizenship law for making religion a basis for granting citizenship.