香港人是時候參與這次辯論

這是今天South China Morning Post,對BICB 2009 Amendment 98辯論的報導,以下文本多謝Sam F的提供:

Britain debates citizenship for BN(O) holders

Opposition moves to amend law

An attempt is being made by opposition politicians in the British Parliament to grant full British citizenship to British National (Overseas) passport holders – a status to which almost 3.5 million people in Hong Kong are entitled.

The move by Lord Avebury, the Liberal Democrats’ foreign affairs spokesman in the House of Lords, follows a government review last year which shelved such ideas for fears that it would breach the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration.

But the efforts to slip an amendment into an immigration bill, which would open a back door to Britain for its former colonial subjects, were unlikely to survive in the parliamentary committee process.

Moving his amendments in the House of Lords last week, aimed at granting full British citizenship to non-Chinese ethnic minority groups in Hong Kong who could not obtain SAR passports after the handover, Lord Avebury said others who held BN(O) passports should also be granted right of abode in Britain.

“In almost every other country of the world, the idea that a person could have a nationality but not a right of abode would be treated as nonsense,” he said in a committee-stage debate on the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill.

“The most fundamental right of a national is to enter, and reside in, the country of his nationality.”

But Labour government whip Lord Brett said current arrangements already catered to the needs of former British subjects. The amendments were later withdrawn.

A British government source played down the implication of Lord Avebury’s amendments. To become law, the amendments had to be adopted in the committee stage, and be backed by the government in the House of Commons.

“It has a long way to go before it becomes law. This amendment was moved by opposition peers and it is unlikely to be included in the final legislation,” the source told the South China Morning Post.

But politicians in Hong Kong welcomed the move. Former Democratic Party chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming said the Liberal Democrats had long been sympathetic to Hongkongers, who would welcome being given another option.

Party vice-chairwoman Emily Lau Wai-hing said the Beijing factor should not be taken into account because Britain “has a moral obligation” to Hong Kong.

“They should have done it a long time ago. It would be great if BN(O) holders can be granted full British citizenship. Many people told me they would like to become British.”

Almost 3.5 million people in Hong Kong are entitled to apply for BN(O) passports, which are considered as merely travel documents without giving the right of abode in Britain.

Under an agreement between Beijing and Britain, holders of the passports are Chinese citizens, who can also apply for Hong Kong SAR passports. The number of current BN(O) passport holders is unknown.

In his report in March last year, former British attorney general Lord Goldsmith looked again at the idea of granting full citizenship to BN(O) holders. Lord Goldsmith said removing this category of citizenship “without putting something significant in its place would be seen as the British reneging on their promise” to the people of Hong Kong.

But he noted that granting BN(O) holders full British citizenship “would be a breach of the commitments” made in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

現時,很明顯需要更大的群眾壓力,去推動Lord Avebury的Amendment 98,或與Amendment 98內容相若的任何修訂,最終成為法律。小弟稍後會整理幾位在英籍運動上有心人,包括Oliver Kum等所草擬的一些信件Template,以至參考資料(因為有些資料要看,以及我在想用wiki來整理,還是開一個blog專頁),然後給大家寫信給國會議員、人權組織等時有所本。

這次小弟稱作Operation Dynamo式的行動,當年大批英國的大小船隻空群而出,穿梭英倫海峽,協助英國和法國聯軍撤到英國本土,這也是日後西線大反攻的基礎。參與這次行動有七百隻小船,但救出來的英法聯軍一共有三十三萬之譜。現時,爭取英籍平權運動,需要正是一大堆「小船」,協助向英國國會的游說工作。

一如Lord Avebury所講,居英權是每一位英國國民應有權利,不讓英國國民居在英國真夠無稽至極!

10 thoughts on “香港人是時候參與這次辯論

  1. 請問﹐如果一切順利﹐大約還要過多幾多年左右﹐BNO holders才可以正式到英國定居或工作? 我剛申請了YMS﹐應該會以一年多的時間在英國工作+旅遊﹐希望到時人在英國﹐可以出一分力去幫手爭取平權。

  2. Sofia

    我建議你現在就加入平權運動
    因英國現正就 Broders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill 2009 立法
    現在的行動絕對可以改寫歷史
    相反一年後才行動就事倍功半

    T.F Chan

  3. Sofia

    我建議你現在就加入平權運動
    因英國現正就 Broders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill 2009 立法
    現在的行動絕對可以改寫歷史
    相反一年後才行動就事倍功半

    現在你要做的是告訴有 BN(O) 朋友英國現就此問題討論緊,並告訴他們 http://www.BritishHongKong.com 存在並加入支持
    T.F Chan

  4. To: sofia

    你依家可以出一分力去幫手爭取平權, email俾英國傳媒, 歐洲議會, 歐洲人權組織, 英國人權組織, 話俾佢地知BN(O)不公平待遇!!!

  5. 小弟今朝已經將一封有關 BICA BILL 第98 修正案有關書信直接交到MP手中,仲託佢代轉一封捭內政大臣。 由於國會條例,小弟喺英國冇可能大包圍,亦唔想要花生答案﹔所以只能向所屬選區MP同內政大臣提交白紙黑字同自署嘅書信,亦百分百保證,佢地會親自閱覽同回覆。小弟打算响聽日委員會討論後再寫一封信直接跟進有關進展。有咩消息,小弟會再知會各位兄台。

  6. To Sofia:

    依家就要參與平權游說,因為BICB依定正審議緊,太遲乜都唔駛做。

    To Pierre:

    你係選民,梗係應該約見所屬選區MP直接游說,如果好多個選區都出現呢挺游說,班友會有動作。

  7. But he noted that granting BN(O) holders full British citizenship “would be a breach of the commitments” made in the Sino-British Joint Declaration.

    呢個備忘錄只係由英國駐京大使館發出, 根本唔係由英國政府發出!!!

  8. 由於我身份問題,响聖誕節前我已將CUKC問題面對面响MP直接反應過,佢好清楚CUKC-HK响英國係一個大 loophole,小弟亦以呢d loophole 做緊護身符。根據 The Act of Parliment,大包圍只有換黎花生答案。如果兄台,想成功,希望多d响你選區MP同所屬政黨遊說。上議院同下議院都同樣重要,但下議院係法例生死存忘嘅關鍵。寄正式書信,白紙黑字由MP同內政大臣親自回覆比較實在,因為EMAIL始終可以由他人代筆,書信刖由佢地親自回覆。

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