US, UK, Canada, France issue travel advisories for Northeast


Protestors gather at Latasil ground to protest against the passing of Citizenship Amendment Bill amid a curfew in Guwahati

In an advisory on the website of its New Delhi embassy, the United States urged its citizens to exercise caution in the northeastern states.

Internet services across Assam will remain suspended till December 16 to prevent alleged misuse of social media in disturbing peace and to maintain law and order in the state, officials said on Saturday.

With five chief ministers from Opposition parties saying that the citizenship law would have "no place" in their respective states, top sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs Friday said that states have no powers to reject the implementation of the new law. "Internet and mobile communications may be disrupted".

Protesters in India recently attacked train stations in the northeast over a new citizenship law. The Israeli government asked its citizens not to travel to Assam and to cut short visits to the region.

India's parliament on Wednesday passed a contentious bill that will allow citizenship for persecuted Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians who fled Muslim-majority Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan before 2015.

"We urge the worldwide community to take notice of the violation of minorities' rights in India, including the Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir under the illegal occupation of India", the statement added.

People hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, a bill that seeks to give citizenship to religious minorities persecuted in neighbouring Muslim countries, in Mumbai, India December 13, 2019.

The US diplomat's reaction came after the Trump administration urged Indian to "protect the rights of its religious minorities" in keeping with the "Constitution and democratic values".

There is a widespread fear in the North East states that populations defined as indigenous to the region will be culturally and physically overrun by migrants as a result of this law's provisions. As a fellow democracy, we respect India's institutions, but are concerned about the implications of the CAB bill.

On Thursday two people were killed in police firing in the northeast as the mob continued to protest the Act.

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