OIC Rejects India’s New Domicile Law in Kashmir

Commuters are stopped by security force personnel after the government imposed restriction on movement as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Srinagar March 19, 2020. — File photo

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JEDDAH — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) human rights body rejected the new laws introduced by the Indian government in Jammu and Kashmir, calling it “illegal” and a “violation” of international laws and it could change the Muslim-majority region’s demographics.

In a statement, issued late Saturday from its headquarters in Jeddah, the Muslim body expressed its deep concern over the adoption of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Order 2020.

“The introduction of this new law governing domiciles further compounds the already dire situation in the region since the unilateral removal on August 5, 2019 of the special status accorded to it under the Constitution,” said the statement.

The government of India recently announced a new domicile law, under which an Indian citizen, who has lived in Jammu and Kashmir for 15 years, can call the territory their place of domicile.

The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the OIC in a tweet said that it condemns the promulgation of the new law which attempts to “alter the demographic and geographic” status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The development followed New Delhi’s scrapping of the Jammu and Kashmir’s long-standing special status in last August.



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