US, UK, France, Canada cautions citizens from visiting parts of India

Violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act triggered the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Canada to issue a  travel advisories asking their citizens to “exercise caution” while travelling to India’s northeast.

“Demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Bill are taking place in some parts of the country. There have been reports of violent protest in Northeast India, especially in Assam and Tripura. An indefinite curfew has been imposed in Guwahati and mobile internet services have been suspended in 10 districts of Assam,” the United Kingdom’s advisory read.

The US advisory was similar, with an additional mention that it has “temporarily suspended” official travel to Assam.

Violent protests erupted across India’s northeastern states after the ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party pushed a controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that provides citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Critics called the bill “unconstitutional” and “discriminatory” after it left out Muslims.

The bill forced two Bangladesh ministers cancelling planned visits to India, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe postponed his scheduled summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The United States has threatened sanctions against PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.

Meanwhile,  the United Nations human rights issued a statement calling the new citizenship law “fundamentally discriminatory in nature”.

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