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e-2391 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Nasir Ahmed from Markham, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • Amendments by the Government of India to the Citizenship Act to make religion a criterion for nationality for the first time and discriminate against some religious minorities, such as Muslims and other vulnerable communities, by not granting them eligibility;
  • The creation of the National Register of Citizens and National Public Register by the Government of India has the potential to render many members of marginalized minorities stateless, as they are more likely to be unable to produce the documentation needed to prove their identity and status; and
  • Taken together, these initiatives risk the disenfranchisement and denial of basic human rights to vulnerable populations, including the Muslim minority of India, that should be of concern to all Canadians.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Condemn the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and National Public Register (NPR) and demand independent oversight to ensure that minorities are treated like all others in the registration process;
2. Demand the withdrawal of the Citizenship Amendment Act, National Register of Citizens, National Public Register and stress the importance of upholding the rights of all religious minorities; and
3. Condemn the excessive use of force by the police against the peaceful citizens of India.
Open for signature
January 23, 2020, at 2:32 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
February 22, 2020, at 2:32 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Salma Zahid (Scarborough Centre)
March 11, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00144)
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Scarborough Centre
Liberal Caucus
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