Critics say the citizenship law, which fast-tracks citizenship for non-Muslims from three neighbouring countries, goes against the country’s secular constitution [File: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP]

Many international legal experts, including the United Nations special rapporteur on minorities, say India’s new citizenship law is discriminatory and are calling for international intervention.

The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) fast-tracks nationality for non-Muslim minorities from neighbouring Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan but excludes Muslims – a step compared with US President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.

Fernand de Varennes, the UN special rapporteur on minorities, told Al Jazeera that there is a danger that millions of members of minority groups such as Muslims will be denied citizenship.

“Many have opined that the exclusion of Muslims as a group from the ambit

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