Eight organisations of the Chakma community on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Home Affairs, pleading that the Chin refugees in India be given citizenship by further amending the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill is yet to go through the Rajya Sabha.
The Joint Parliamentary Committee that submitted its recommendations to the Centre after discussions with stakeholders rejected the request for citizenship to the minorities from Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The Bill seeks to fast-track the grant of citizenship to non-Muslims who had fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan and come to India till December 31, 2014.
The memorandum by the eight Chakma NGOs was made on the basis of a January 2009 report by the U.S.-based Human Rights Watch. Read More