India Protests: US, Israel, UK, Saudi Arabia, and UAE issue travel warning for Northeast India

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New Delhi — The governments of United States of America, Israel, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates warned their respective citizens with travel warning for Northeast India due to the on-going violent protests in the aftermath of Citizenship Amendment Bill passed by the Indian parliament on December 11.

“Protests against a divisive new citizenship law raged Saturday as Washington and London issued travel warnings for northeast India following days of violent clashes that have killed two people,” French newsagency Agence France-Presse (AFP) quoted.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has also warned their citizens against going to other states in North-east India due to the possibility of the violent protests spreading around, IndiaTimes reported.

Meanwhile, Saudi embassy in India tweeted that, “the embassy of Saudi Arabia in India hopes that visiting Saudi citizens and residents in India exercise caution regarding the occurrence of demonstrations in a number of Northeast Indian states and avoid places of demonstrations,” Arab News quoted the tweet.

The UAE embassy in New Delhi tweeted on Sunday in Arabic stating that, “Emiratis in India are kindly requested to avoid places of demonstrations, and exercise caution.”

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in India on December 9 as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government declared passing of a controversial bill in parliament that would give citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from three neighbouring countries.

The United Nations Human Rights (UNHR) office has called India’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAB) that excludes Muslims from citizenship as “fundamentally discriminatory in nature” and called for a review.

UNHR spokesperson Jeremy Laurence said, “we are concerned that India’s new Citizenship Amendment Act 2019 is fundamentally discriminatory in nature.”