Indian government betrayed Sri Lankan Tamils: Tamil Nadu CM on Citizenship Amendement

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Today, the Tamil Nadu government has passed a resolution against India’s Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) 2019 at the state Assembly and demanded the union government to repeal the act.

Speaking at the Assembly before passing the resolution, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin says that the Indian government has betrayed Sri Lankan Tamils through this act.

“Sri Lankan Tamils who were unable to reside in their home countries have come to Tamil Nadu and are residing in rehabilitation centres. However, the CAA is curbing the rights of those refugees who do not want to go back to their country and instead get citizenship in India,” he said.

He further said religion is not a base for getting citizenship and no law can be brought based on religious lines. CAA is against the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was passed in December 2019, offering citizenship to non-Muslims fleeing religious persecution from three nearby countries: Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. In India’s new citizenship law, citizens from two neighbouring nations, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, which have had a long history of race and ethnic-based persecution, are not included as persecuted minorities.

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