Bonnya Barua, 22-year-old daughter of ULFA general secretary Golap Barua alias Anup Chetia, opposed the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on Tuesday.
Speaking on behalf of the Indigenous Forum, Assam, which was invited to the UNHRC session, she said the bill will reduce the indigenous communities of Assam into minorities. The forum is a platform of around 30 organisations representing the indigenous communities of the state. Bonnya is its member and her father its convener.
Delivering her speech at the 38th session of the UNHRC, Bonnya expressed that the organisation is of the opinion that the government of India has failed to uphold its duty to safeguard the rights of the people of Assam and its latest decision to pass the bill is likely to make the Assamese community a minority.
The government of India’s actions indicates that they are least bothered about commitments reaffirmed in the Durban Declaration. India still has an opportunity to correct this injustice and expediting the process of National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be the first major step towards it she added.
Bonnya raised the citizenship amendment bill while speaking on racial discrimination in the UNHRC platform.