Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 15, 2018: The North East Dialogue Forum (NEDF) has appealed the government of India and Assam to act according to the wish of the people, consider the rights of the Indigenous People and to withdraw the present stand of the government of India and Assam immediately on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
NEDF in a press statement said it will also write a letter to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament opposing the same.
Since the last many decades the Indigenous people inhabited in the North East are threatened in our own land due to the domination by the large number of illegal migrants from the neighboring countries which the government of India had failed to control during the time of migration. Now the government of India have come up with another agenda to suppress the voice and to violate the rights of the Indigenous people by violating the United Nations Declaration on Rights of the Indigenous People, 2007 by granting citizenship to persons belonging to minority communities namely Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh which is a clear threat to Self Determination over the Indigenous people’s land, said the NEDF statement.
At the moment, based on Assam Accord, at the intervention of the Supreme Court of India and on the instruction of the Central government, the government of Assam is engaged in intensive updating of the National Register for Citizens (NRC) to include people permanently residing in the state till March 24, 1971 and to treat them alone as genuine citizens of the country, it added.
NEDF condemns the ongoing process of updating of NRC in Assam ‘as it will give another threat to the indigenous people of Assam and North East in general’. The government of India has failed to recognize and protect the rights of the indigenous people but are active in consider the illegal migrants as the citizen of India which is a clear violation of rights of the indigenous people, said the NEDF statement.