Posted by: James Shaddock | Tuesday 30th September 2008

Gurkhas Get Justice

In the face of government opposition, the brave and fearless veterans of the Gurkhas have won the right to automatic citizenship.

From the BBC:

Gurkhas win right to stay in UK

A group of retired Gurkhas fighting for the right to settle in Britain have won their immigration test case, their lawyers have said.

Five ex-Gurkhas and the widow of another Gurkha veteran took their case to the High Court in London.

They were challenging immigration rules which said that those who retired from the British Army before 1997 did not have an automatic right to stay.

The judgement could affect some 2,000 former Gurkhas.

The regiment moved its main base from Hong Kong to the UK in 1997 and the government had argued that Gurkhas discharged before that date were unlikely to have strong residential ties with the UK.

That meant those who wanted to settle in the UK had to apply for British residence and could be refused and deported.

‘Common sense’

The judge, Mr Justice Blake, said the Gurkhas’ long service, conspicuous acts of bravery and loyalty to the Crown all pointed to a “moral debt of honour” and gratitude felt by British people.

Laywer Martin Howe said: “Today we have seen a tremendous and historic victory for the gallant Gurkha veterans of Nepal.

“This is a victory that restores honour and dignity to deserving soldiers who faithfully served in Her Majesty’s armed forces.

“It is a victory for common sense; a victory for fairness; and a victory for the British sense of what is right.”

The five ex-Gurkhas involved in the test case were L/Cpl Gyanendra Rai, Deo Prakash Limbu, Cpl Chakra Limbu, L/Cpl Birendra Shrestha and Bhim Gurung.

Gurkhas have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years and are hand picked from a fiercely contested recruitment contest in Nepal to win the right to join.

They have seen combat all over the world, with 200,000 fighting in the two world wars.

Let us hope all politicians learn from this, and do not make the same mistake the current government has done in letting down its ex-servicemen, especially those who came from overseas and served our country for no real reason, where plenty of natural born citizens would not.

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  1. […] Gurkhas Get Justice https://jamesshaddock.wordpress.com/2008/09/30/gurkhas-get-justice/ In the face of government opposition, the brave and fearless veterans of the Gurkhas have won the right to automatic citizenship. From the BBC: Gurkhas win right to stay in UK A group of retired Gurkhas fighting for the right to settle in Britain have won their immigration test case, their lawyers have said. Five ex-Gurkhas and the widow of another Gurkha veteran took their case to the High Court in London. They were challenging immigration rules which said that those who retired from the British Army before 1997 did not have an automatic right to stay. The judgement could affect some 2,000 former Gurkhas. The regiment moved its main base from Hong Kong to the UK in 1997 and the government had argued that Gurkhas discharged before that date were unlikely to have strong residential ties with the UK. That meant those who wanted to settle in the UK had to apply for British residence and could be refused and deported. ‘Common sense’ The judge, Mr Justice Blake, said the Gurkhas’ long service, conspicuous acts of bravery and loyalty to the Crown all pointed to a “moral debt of honour” and gratitude felt by British people. Laywer Martin Howe said: “Today we have seen a tremendous and historic victory for the gallant Gurkha veterans of Nepal. “This is a victory that restores honour and dignity to deserving soldiers who faithfully served in Her Majesty’s armed forces. “It is a victory for common sense; a victory for fairness; and a victory for the British sense of what is right.” The five ex-Gurkhas involved in the test case were L/Cpl Gyanendra Rai, Deo Prakash Limbu, Cpl Chakra Limbu, L/Cpl Birendra Shrestha and Bhim Gurung. Gurkhas have been part of the British Army for almost 200 years and are hand picked from a fiercely contested recruitment contest in Nepal to win the right to join. They have seen combat all over the world, with 200,000 fighting in the two world wars. Let us hope all politicians learn from this, and do not make the same mistake the current government has done in letting down its ex-servicemen, especially those who came from overseas and served our country for no real reason, where plenty of natural born citizens would not. Tuesday 30th September 2008 https://jamesshaddock.wordpress.com […]


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