OIC expresses concern over citizenship rights, ensure safety of Muslims
The Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) expressed its concern over citizenship rights legislation and Babri Masjid case, issued a statement on Sunday.
“The General Secretariat of the OIC has been closely following recent developments affecting Muslim minority in India. It expresses its concern over the recent developments pertaining to both the issue of citizenship rights and the Babri Masjid case,” read a statement.
The organization repeated its call to ensure safety of the Muslim minority and protection of Islamic holy places in India.
The OIC reaffirmed the “crucial importance” of upholding the principles and obligations enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and relevant international covenants that guarantee the rights of minorities without any discrimination.
“In this regard, any action, contrary to these principles and obligations, may lead to further tensions and may have serious implications on peace and security across the region,” it noted.
After India passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, a law that allows citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Many protests have been flaring up across the country and many called the bill ‘anti-Muslim’.
According to reports, at least 20 people, including a child, have died since the start of the protests on 12 December. In spite of police bans, protesters have continued to carry out protests on the streets. Many people have been detained and internet services in New Delhi have been suspended.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has defended the bill, telling Indian Muslims that they “don’t need to worry” about it.