BIOT Citizens - Chagos Islanders
Verzion Kreol - Update - proposed new route for Chagossians to acquire British nationality -
Important information for Chagossians. Full document available here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/nationality-and-borders-bill-chagossian-nationality-factsheet/update-on-the-proposed-new-route-for-chagossians-to-acquire-british-nationality? Family Visa: https://www.gov.uk/uk-family-visa Read and translated by Rosy Leveque. Please excuse any errors in translation.
House of Lords - Ping Pong Stage - Chagos Islanders Amendment - 04.04.22 - Baroness Lister
Thank you to Baroness Lister for accepting the Chagossian amendment & Baroness Williams for summarising and affirming further discussion on additional help propsed with the potential of using the £40mil Chagossian Support Package fund for resettlement of Chagossians. Plans of a resettlement plan have been in the works for a few months now, and it is still an undecided plan but we hope this can be pushed forward by MPs, Home Office and FCDO altogether. I am very honoured once again to be mentioned by Baroness Lister for my involvement in the campaigning in Parliament, alongside David & Trent, (BOTC Campaign), and of course Chagossian Voices & of course we must not forget Alex Finch of Fragomen, and as Baroness Lister mentioned this has been over a decade of work in progress starting with the late Lord Eric Avebury in 2009. The whole team worked diligently with key stakeholders & UK Government in getting this through to where it is today. Thank you all. Rosy Leveque
House of Commons - Consideration of Amendments - Henry Smith MP - Chagossians BOTC/BC - 22.03.2022
During the Consideration of Amendments on the 22nd March 2022, Henry Smith MP speaks as Chagos families BOTC and British Citizenship confirmed by the UK Government, accepting the terms of the Chagos Islanders Amendment provision to the Nationality & Borders Bill. Henry Smith expresses also that the right of return campaign to the Chagos Islands for exiled islanders continues.
House of Commons - Consideration of Amendments - Accept terms of Chagos Islanders Amendment 22.03.22
The UK Government has rejected the House of Lords Chagos Islanders Amendment based on technicalities in the Amendment. The UK Government has put forward it's own version of the Chagos Islanders Amendment, which is agreeable to the terms and demands of the Chagossian community. This Amendment will grand all Chagos descendants who can proove they are descended from a person born on Chagos Islands British Overseas Territory Citizenship and an entitlement to British Citizenship. This is a huge win for the Chagossian community. The Bill is not yet law, so we have to wait until further details are provided by the Home Office on what the application process will be and what the commencement date for the applications will be.
House of Lords - Report Stage - Chagossian Amendment wins a vote at Report Stage 237-154
Government defeat on the Nationality And Borders Bill as Peers vote 237-154 FOR Baroness Ruth Lister who tabled the Chagossian Amendment with support from Baroness Ludford, Baroness Altmann and Lord Ramsbotham and of course with overwhelming cross-party support. This Chagossian Amendment will allow those descended from person born before 1983 on the Chagos Islands/British Indian Ocean Territory to register as British Overseas Territories citizen & British citizens.
Chagossian Amendment - House of Lords - 27 January 2022 - Committee Stage debate
The proceedings from today's Committee Stage regarding the Chagossian Amendment. We are very pleased that there was cross-party support of this amendment in the House of Lords. We are thankful and grateful for those who listened to us, met with us and raised this topic in the Lords today. Though the Amendment was withdrawn, we are hopeful there will be enough cross-party support to take this to a vote at Report stage.
House of Lords - Baroness Lister of Burtersett - Intent of re-tabling Chagossian Amendment
Baroness Lister of Burtersett will be re-generating a revised version of MP Henry Smith's NC2 Chagossian Amendment at Committee/Report Stages in the Lords. We thank her for her support in our battle for citizenship rights.
House of Lords - Baroness Ludford supports Baroness Lister - Intent to re-table Chagossian Amendment
Baroness Ludford (Lib Dem) expressed her support for Baroness Lister of Burtersett who will be re-generating MP Henry Smith's NC2 Chagossian Amendment at Committee/Report Stages in the Lords. We thank them both for their expressed support, and we hope other members in the Lords will support them both in the next few weeks.