India to exclude Muslims from new refugee bill

The Indian government is on its way to changing its citizenship laws. The Citizenship Amendment Bill makes it easier for refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh to, in essence, become Indian.

But there is a catch, the new law will exclude Muslim refugees.

Besides the Indian government is standing strong on another key issue: Identifying and repatriating Rohingya Muslims against the urgings of the United Nations, which has stressed repeatedly that conditions in Myanmar aren’t safe to return to.

India is increasingly taking the line that the Rohingya are not refugees, but illegal immigrants. Hundreds are trying to flee to Bangladesh to avoid detention or deportation. But they’re not wanted there either.