The proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill was discussed on the floor of the United Nations Human Rights Council at Geneva in Switzerland with organisations from the northeast taking part in the discussion.

A delegation from the Khilanjia Mancha, Assam and other organisations of the northeastern region raised the issues before the 38th session of the UNHRC on Tuesday.

Speaking on behalf of the indigenous peoples of the State, Bonnya Boruah, daughter of ULFA leader Anup Chetia, said that the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act violates the promise of the Government of India, as laid down in the 1985 Assam Accord for providing constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguard to the indigenous peoples of Assam with the aim at protecting, preserving and promoting their cultural, social and linguistic identity and heritage.

She further sought help of the panelists to urge the government to put a stop to this motion set forth by it, because if the bill is passed, it will pose a serious threat to the existence of the indigenous people of Assam.

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