BRITISH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES CITIZENSHIP & NATIONALITY CAMPAIGN
We are campaigning to pressure the respective governments of the United Kingdom, and its British Overseas Territories, in providing equal & equitable recognition for citizenship & nationality rights, for children, (now adults,) born abroad, illegitimately (where father did not marry the mother), before 1st July 2006, to British Overseas Territories born fathers. We are asking for a retrospective route to registering our births for nationality purposes.
Despite it being the 21st century, the British Nationality Act 1981 ("BNA") still refuses to recognize the validity of British Overseas Territories' father’s [the parental line] when it comes to him passing down his British Overseas Territories citizenship by descent to his child. The same discrimination, however, does not apply to British Overseas Territories mothers [the maternal line] and her children. After 1st July 2006, nationality discrimination does not apply to either parent.
We understand the consultation has now taken place, and are hoping the current government will take this matter in a new immigration bill. Despite our representations, we are still none the wiser if they will in-fact remedy this injustice?
How can you have the same nationality law treating the same people, its flesh & blood, born under the same circumstance treat unequally?
Despite this issue being raised in reportsby the Joint Committee for Human Rights "JHCR", and Foreign Affairs Committee "FAC." We do not understand why the government continues to drag its feet in remedying this unfair state of play. The longer they take, adds to the already sense of humiliation we feel at being treated as less-than, and unworthy of official recognition. It denies us the fundamental human right to a family & home life and free movement. We are viewed as strangers & visitors in our father's homelands.
Please help us by contacting your local UK MP's, BOT Governors & local territories government leaders, to demand they remedy this hurtful piece of discrimination. You can make a difference and be part of a historic change.
Yesterday, after prompting by Tabitha Sprague of the UK Citizenship Equality group, who was one of the people who benefited through the change in the law by way of Sec 65 Immigration 2014, which amended the British Nationality Act 1981, I looked back over the material from her site and files. I came across these videos and Hansard debate records concerning the passage of the Sec 65 amendments, which went on to become law. Sadly, since then, the supposed UK government consultation with the respective governments of the British overseas territories is dragging its feet.
Here's a link to Tabitha's group home page, where you can see her journey:
They have known about the remaining issue for quite some time, and yet, their in-action adds to the pain & insult of us left here truly desiring to feel welcomed in our Dad's homeland. Take some time to read the Hansard record and watch the videos of the debate. You will then get a clear picture of what the remaining work to be done that the excellent and notable Human Rights campaigner, the late Lord Eric Avebury, recognized as needing to be done.