July 11, 2012 — Burma Democratic Concern (BDC)
We understand that Human Rights Watch is based in USA, a democratic country. We understand that Human Rights Watch is said to be working for promoting Human Rights around the world.
We also understand that Amnesty International HQ is based in London, UK. We are very concerned about the STATELESS PEOPLE in UK.
We call for Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International to call for British government to grant all stateless people in UK as the British Citizenship regardless of their background.
UK citizenship law is not in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS Article 15 clearly stated that
(1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
(2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.
But, British Government says you cannot be a BRITISH citizen EVEN if you were born in the UK to parents who are not British citizens and are not legally settled in UK.
Even if you were born in the United Kingdom, you will not be a British citizen if neither of your parents was a British citizen or legally settled here at the time of your birth.
This means you are not a British citizen if, at the time of your birth, your parents were in the country temporarily, had stayed on without permission, or had entered the country ILLEGALLY and had not been given permission to stay here indefinitely.
We had believed that UK is a democratic country respecting human rights. It is hypocritical of seeing British immigration laws which are not in line with basic human rights. We call for all genuine human rights organisations to pressure UK government to change British citizenship law.