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Assam is on the boil yet again. While the decades old systems of detection and detention of ‘foreigners’ – the ‘D-voters’, Foreigner Tribunals and Detention camps are largely seen to be unfair, the people of Assam had reposed some hope in the free and fair compilation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). This was widely expected to put an end to the burning question of ‘foreigners’ in Assam. But now, even this process has come under a cloud of suspicion due to a number of recent developments. In the light of these events, Citizens for Justice and Peace had sent a fact finding team to Assam to understand what exactly is happening. Here, for the first time, we present the many tales, some tragic, some farcical and most overwhelmingly unjust that together give us an insight into the crisis that Assam finds itself in.

Gauhati HC reconstitutes Special Bench presiding over FT appeals Single judge replaced with two judge bench

In a huge relief to many people who fear exclusion from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the Gauhati High Court has reconstituted the bench which hears appeals against judgments of Foreigners’ Tribunals. The previous single judge has been replaced by a two judge bench now. In an order dated July 3, 2018,…

A Crisis in Assam: Citizen Interrupted The Making and Re-Making of Indians as Citizens in Assam: A CJP Series

CJP’s fact finding team in Assam has found chilling stories from Assam that point to a looming humanitarian crisis. For five long years Saken Ali found himself incarcerated in a detention camp due to a minor variation in his name in official records. In a truly Kafkaesque twist to the tale, now his family members…

UN raises concerns over exclusion of people from NRC in Assam and subsequent ‘statelessness’ Special Rapporteurs demand clarification about procedure, policy and safeguards

The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is being updated in Assam and there is a potential humanitarian crisis brewing with fears that thousands of people could be excluded from the list and be rendered stateless. The matter has now caught the attention of the United Nations prompting four Special Rapporteurs to write to Sushma Swaraj,…

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मैं रोती और गिड़गिड़ाती रही, मगर पुलिस वाले मुझे घसीट ले गये : रष्मिनारा बेग़म असम में भारतीय नागरिकता पर प्रश्नचिंह - एक CJP श्रृंखला

यह कहानी असम के निवासियों पर हमारी श्रृंखला की एक कड़ी है, जिन्हें नागरिकता निर्धारित करने की कथित रूप से त्रुटिपूर्ण और मनमानी प्रक्रिया के बाद विदेशी घोषित किया गया है. हालाकि 30 जून, 2018 को नागरिकों के राष्ट्रीय रजिस्टर (NRC) की अंतिम सूची जारी होना अभी बाकी है, कागज़ात में मामूली विसंगतियों के कारण हज़ारों…

Anjaan Musafir
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Pregnant and Helpless in a Detention Camp The Making and Re-Making of Indians as Citizens in Assam: A CJP Series

This story is a part of our series on people in Assam who have been declared foreigners after an allegedly flawed and arbitrary process of determining citizenship. Even as the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) is all set to be disclosed on June 30, 2018, thousands of people have had their…

असम में छाए मानवीय संकट पर क्या बोले जमशेर अली? तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ की जमशेर अली के साथ ख़ास बातचीत

असम में राष्ट्रीय नागरिक रजिस्टर के कारण फैले मानवीय संकट पर तीस्ता सेतलवाड़ की जमशेर अली के साथ ख़ास बातचीत   Related Articles: Bengali Hindu labeled “Bangladeshi”, found dead in Assam Detention Camp How the National Register of Citizens causes ‘othering’ of minorities in Assam More confusion in Assam after NRC clarifies order on families…

असम में राष्ट्रिय नागरिक रजिस्टर के कारण फैला मानवीय संकट घोषित विदेशियों के परिवार वालों के नाम रखे जा सकते हैं NRC से बाहर

एक धूर्त साज़िश के तहत, राष्ट्रीय नागरिक रजिस्टर (NRC) ने एक नया आदेश जारी किया है, जिसके कारण 2 लाख से अधिक भारतीयों के नाम नागरिकों के रजिस्टर से हटा दिए जा सकते हैं. NRC, असम में रहने वाले ‘वैध’ भारतीय नागरिकों का एक रिकॉर्ड है, और उसे 1951 के बाद पहली बार उद्दिनांकित किया जा…

NRC’s New Directive Stirs Controversy Ahead of the Final List Sign Our Petition NOW!

The National Register for Citizens (NRC), a record of ‘legitimate’ Indian citizens living in Assam, is being updated for the first time since 1951. Just one month away from publishing the final list of ‘legitimate’ citizens in Assam, the NRC director’s new directive brings in further confusions. As per the new directive the relatives of…

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