Berlin, Sept. 2, 2019: The top UN refugee official has urged India to ensure that no one is left stateless by the exclusion of nearly 2 million people from a citizenship list in Assam state.
Filippo Grandi, the UN high commissioner for refugees, voiced his concern in a statement issued Sunday in Geneva.
Grandi said that “any process that could leave large numbers of people without a nationality would be an enormous blow to global efforts to eradicate statelessness.”
Grandi urged India to ensure no one ends up stateless, “including by ensuring adequate access to information, legal aid, and legal recourse in accordance with the highest standards of due process.”
About 31.1 million people were included in the list, according to a statement on Saturday from Assam’s government, leaving out 1.9 million.
The Assam government on Saturday claimed that many genuine Indian citizens had been left out of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC), but said that they do not need to panic as they have option to appeal in the Foreigners Tribunal (FT).