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Fact-finding team picks holes in Assam’s foreigners tribunals

A civil society group called United Against Hate that sent a fact-finding team to check on allegations against foreigners tribunals in Assam today said these bodies were trying to declare “as many Bengali Hindus and Muslims foreigners as possible”.

Among the problems the group cited was the unreliable way in which residents of Assam were declared foreigners, the dilution of the eligibility criteria to select tribunal members, and the stress on the members to brand as many people possible as foreigners because the continuation of their tenure seemed to depend on it.

At the Press Club in New Delhi today, the team which travelled to five districts of Assam from September 5-8, released a report and a short documentary on how the foreigners tribunals work. The report, called Democracy under Detention: Horrors of NRC, was made by four journalists and activists. The short documentary, called State of the Stateless, was also screened during the release of the report.…