Anti-Muslim bill: US, UK, warn citizens against traveling India. Many nations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel Canada, and Singapore, have asked their citizens to exercise caution when traveling to Northeast India, where violent protests against the amended Citizenship Act have been witnessed.
The recently revised law on citizenship, which allows for the granting of citizenship to oppressed non-Muslim minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, has put the Northeast on the boil, where people are afraid it could exacerbate the problem of illegal immigration.
Temporarily, the US government has halted official travel to Assam, the epicenter of unrest.
“US citizens in the northeastern Indian states should be vigilant in the light of media reports of demonstrations and violence in reaction to the adoption of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act. Government curfews are in effect in some regions. Internet and mobile connectivity may be interrupted. Transport may be hampered in different parts,” read the advisory.
The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi has provided precautions for its citizens staying in the northeastern states, asking them to avoid “demonstrations and civil unrest” areas, to be aware of their surroundings, and to maintain a “low profile” among others.
The UK government has revised its travel advisory to warn India against traveling to the northeastern states to protect its people.
In the regular travel advice section that has been constantly updated for all countries by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), British nationals were advised to exercise caution while undertaking all but essential travel to the region.
“The FCO recommends against all but necessary travel to the state of Manipur, with the exception of the state capital Imphal and the Meiti Valley areas, including Loktak Lake, Keibul Lamjao National Park, and Imphal War Cemetery,” reads the revised advisory.
The UK online advisory continues to recommend against all travel to Jammu and Kashmir, including Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg tourist destinations.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Singapore released a travel notice for Northeast India, warning Singaporeans to “exercise patience and caution.”
“Due to street protests and the cancelation of certain flight and train services, travel conditions are difficult. Mobile data has also been limited in some areas,” Singapore’s Channel News Asia quoted MFA as advice.
“Because of the changing situation, travelers should also keep up-to-date with the latest developments via local news and take all appropriate precautions to ensure their personal safety, including avoiding crowded areas,” the Ministry said.
As a result of the demonstrations, Canada has advised its people not to fly “unessentially” to Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, and Nagaland.
Israel warned its residents, due to violent protests, to “completely avoid” traveling to Assam.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry also warned against the possibility of spreading violent protests to other states in the area.
Currently, in Assam, Israeli citizens were advised to act on instructions from officials.
New Delhi’s Ministry of External Affairs said the new law gives accelerated recognition for Indian citizenship for oppressed religious minorities from some contiguous countries already in India.
This argued that each nation had the right to enumerate and confirm their citizenship and exercise their prerogative by different policies. News report on Anti-Muslim bill: US, UK, warn citizens against traveling India.