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, with reference to the Answer of 11 September 2019 to Question 169229 on India: Politics and Government, what recent assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of the National Register of Citizens in the Indian state of Assam on (a) the level of risk of mass deprivation of liberty, (b) the level of risk of mass statelessness, (c) rights of active and passive suffrage, (d) freedoms of speech and assembly, in particular of local religious and political leaders, (e) religious freedoms, and (f) incidents of suicide.

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

We have not received reports of any new cases of people detained, arrested, or sent to detention camps, nor that anyone has been deprived of citizenship due to the publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The State Government has announced there will be no immediate detention for those left off the NRC. Those excluded can appeal to Foreigners Tribunals run by the State Government under the direction of the Union Home Ministry. Our High Commission in New Delhi and Deputy High Commission in Kolkata continue to monitor the situation.

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