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CAA-NPR-NRC – Why is there so much controversy? Should citizens worry? Dr. V Suresh - Advocate, Madras High Court & Gen. Secretary, People’s Union for Civil Liberties

Citizenship has been defined as the right to have rights. Over the past six years, there have been clear political moves to fundamentally assault and redefine this Constitutional basis of both Indian nationhood and citizenship. Especially now, with the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 being passed and a not thoroughly debated all India-level NPR-National Register of…

World’s Most Successful Refugee Community – The Case of Tibetan Refugees in India Citizen Kaun - a CJP Series: Did the preferential treatment of the Tibetan refugees result in their success?

When in 1950, China sought to ‘Liberalise’ Tibet, what it did in effect was persecution of the native Tibetans by attacking their unique culture in an attempt to impose Chinese Marxist ideology and practices in the social and political culture of Tibetans, who practice and preach Tibetan Buddhism – with the Dalai Lama as their…

Human Consequences of Forced Migration: The Case of the Chakmas Citizen Kaun - A CJP Series: The fault lines of partition and nationhood in South Asia and the unending saga of despair of the displaced populace

As a consequence of partition of the subcontinent, (according to the 1951 Census of displaces persons), an estimated 72.49 lakh (7.24 million) Hindus and Sikhs had moved from western Punjab (Pakistan) to the Indian side and 72.26 lakh (7.26 million) Muslims had similarly moved from eastern Punjab (India) to the Pakistani. A new dimension was…

NRC Anxiety Allegedly Leads To One More Suicide in Assam

NRC anxiety allegedly leads to one more suicide in Assam Fayjal Hoque from Barpeta becomes latest victim of institutional murder by a heartless State

In yet another instance of what are being dubbed institutional murders, 42 year old Fayjal Hoque allegedly took his life, unable to cope with anxiety and anguish related to the National Register of Citizens. Hoque was an urban labourer and was found dead at his home in Kodomtola in Barpeta district. He had allegedly committed…

Assam woman Declared Foreigner

Assam woman declared foreigner due to discrepancy in father’s name Gauhati HC upholds FT judgment

This is the story of Khairan Nessa a.k.a Moyran Nessa, a woman from Assam who was declared foreigner when an FT ruled that she was not the daughter of her ‘projected’ father. Her troubles began way back in 1998 when a case was registered against her under the provisions of the (now scrapped) IMDT Act.…

Bangladeshi immigration in Assam

Census Data debunks claim of large-scale Bangladeshi immigration in Assam Migration data especially significant in light of CAA-NRC conundrum

Recently, much awaited migration data has been released by Office of the Registrar General & Census Commissioner, India. While demographers are presumably busy analysing the data, certain preliminary observations are noteworthy, especially in the context of Assam where strong allegation of large-scale illegal migration from Bangladesh has assumed greater significance post NRC. While data on foreign migrants do not distinguish between…

Person with two names confuses NRC officials Haphazard approach of authorities leads to inclusion of daughters, but exclusions of sons!

While helping people negotiate the tortuous journey of defending their citizenship in Assam, CJP’s District Volunteer Motivator (DVM) Majidul Islam came across a very interesting case of Abdul Hoque aka Buida Sheikh’s family in Kandapara village in Barpeta district. Abdul Hoque and his family lost their home due to floods in North Mayunburi village and…

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the CAB/CAA 2019 Untangling the complexities of the Citizenship Amendment Act 2019

What is Citizenship Amendment Act? It is an Act that proposes that all Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, Jain, Parsi or Christian refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Pakistan, who entered into India on or before the 31st day of December, 2014 without any valid travel documents such as passport, will be granted citizenship by naturalization on applying…

SC offers Relief to Assam Detention Camp Inmates

Detention Camp survivor’s family pleads that they be spared further misery Sahera Khatun was released from Kokrajhar detention camp as per Supreme Court’s May 2019 order

CJP has been working tirelessly to provide legal aid to those defending their citizenship in Assam. In November we brought to you the story of Sahera Khatun of Satibar Gaon in Chirang District, who spent 3 years and 3 months at the Kokrajhar detention camp after being declared ‘foreigner’ a Foreigners Tribunal in Chirang. Now…

CJP in action in Assam: Reaching remote villages to render counselling and aid Reports from the ground

CJP is undeterred as it is steadily reaching more and more remote villages in Assam, reaching out to as many persons affected by NRC, as possible. The State co-ordinator of Assam, Mr. Zamser Ali visited Borbari village in Morigaon District, which is a part of greater Nellie, on December 3. There was no electricity in…

CJP reaches out to a declared foreigner whose brothers declared citizens He was excluded from NRC despite of using the same documents as his brothers

One of the most effective ways for people in Assam to reach out for help is CJP’s Toll-free helpline. While, the CJP team in Assam is constantly on the go, the calls for help received on the toll-free number helps expand CJP’s reach. On November 16, one such call came from a village called Baralimari…

All India NRC: CJP reaches out to the women of Mumbra Big response to CJP's call for Mohalla Volunteers

Continuing with its attempt to build a grassroots movement against NRC, CJP reached out to the women of Mumbra and received an overwhelming response to its call for Mohalla Volunteers. Organised by Awaaz-E-Niswaan (Women’s Voice), the meeting was attended by about a hundred women who had a number of questions about documents and the proposed NRC.…

CJP In Action: Huge response to CJP’s NRC meeting in Mumbai. Mohalla Volunteers to be formed. Meeting aimed at questioning modalities with regards to all India NPR-NRC

On November 30, CJP’s Teesta Setalvad spoke at a meeting on the NPR-NRC issue. The meeting was organised by Pehel Foundation at Banegar English High School in Mumbai’s Mira Road. This is the latest in a series of meetings and trainings conducted by CJP in Mumbai since October 2019. Around 200 people attended the organised…

Ambiguous guidelines for ‘model’ detention camps raise questions MHA responses in Parliament divulge limited information

The Modi government had released ‘model’ detention centre a manual in January 2019 containing provisions that would govern the functioning of such facilities across India. Though the manual has not been made public, some information has become available via answers to questions raised in the Parliament. With the death toll in Assam’s detention camps touching 28,…

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