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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.

Bengali Hindu labeled Bangladeshi

More confusion in Assam after NRC clarifies order on families of DFs Controversial order had asked for names to be kept pending from NRC

Following the outrage post the controversial May 2 order of the NRC (Read exclusive Blog here), that directed relatives of those designated as Declared Foreigners (DF) to be kept ‘pending’ and not included in the National Register of Citizens (NRC), even if they satisfy requirements, the state coordinator of the NRC was compelled to issue…

Brahma committee redefines basic elements of ‘Indigenous’ individual to Assam Says farmland be reserved for ‘indigenous people’

A seven member committee appointed by the Assam government in 2017 for “ensuring the protection of land rights of indigenous people” recommended that the transfer of agricultural land should be restricted to people indigenous to the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in power in the state said that it would implement the recommendations of…

Stop Move to Make Assamese Muslims Homeless & Stateless Sign our Petition NOW!

A humanitarian crisis is underway in Assam as you read this. The National Register for Citizens (NRC), a record of ‘legitimate’ Indian citizens living in Assam, is being updated for the first time since 1951. The ostensible objective is to weed out ‘Illegal Bangladeshi immigrants’. However, the numbers tell a chilling story… one of a conspiracy…

How the National Register of Citizens causes ‘othering’ of minorities in Assam Findings of a study by Sadbhav Mission, Delhi

On February 3, 2018, Sadbhav Mission, in collaboration with Delhi School of Social Work, organized a one day seminar, “Migrant Workers: Rights and Concerns”. A special session was held on National Register of Citizens (NRC) update in Assam. Based on the presentations and discussions following consensus emerged.   Assam is the only state in the…

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