India: Politics and Government

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th October 2019.

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Photo of Lyn Brown Lyn Brown Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with (a) state government officials, (b) state government ministers (c) union government officials and (d) union government ministers in the Indian state of Assam on the implementation of the National Register of Citizens in that state.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We regularly engage with Indian Union and State Government Ministers and officials on a range of human rights matters and raise issues where appropriate. On 27 September, officials from the British High Commission in New Delhi raised the National Register of Citizens in Assam, including the future status of those excluded from the register, with the Assam State Minister for Health and Finance. We await further details of what next steps the Government of India will take.

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