VIDEO: Buses Burn as India Protests Turn Violent

12/16/2019 10:40 AM   

Three buses were set on fire as protests in India escalated and violent clashes erupted across the city of New Delhi, Sunday, December 15.

The Office of the U.N.'s top human rights official is urging India to scrap its new Citizenship (Amendment) Act, which it says discriminates against Muslims. In the wake of last week's passage of India's new citizenship law, violent protests erupted in the Indian states of Assam and Tripura, killing three people and injuring many others, including police officers.

The U.N. human rights office says it deplores the government's brutal crackdown on those protesting the enactment of the law, which it calls fundamentally discriminatory. The amended legislation grants citizenship rights to six religious minorities fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan. U.N. human rights spokesman Jeremy Laurence says the law does not extend the same protection to Muslims.