Discrimination faced for BOT citizenship
A committee of MPs and Peers have recently claimed that applicants for the British Overseas Territory (BOT) citizenship still face vast discrimination.
For instance, many have claimed that the Human Rights of the applicants are greatly affected, in which the ‘joint committee’ on Human Rights has urged the government to rectify the discrimination immediately.
In response, the UK government has agreed to investigate the discriminatory aspect within the BOT citizenship application process.
Initially, British nationality could only be ‘inherited’ by parents who were married and if the father of the individual in question was British.
However, measures have also been taken to try and remedy this rule, which can be seen in the ‘British Nationality Act 1981’ – however these changes did not apply to those applicants for BOT.
Therefore many applicants continue to face discrimination, due to the recent changes in the British Nationality Act not applying to them.
Thus the UK government is seeking for a “remedial order” to the 1981 Act, as many deem it as ‘unacceptable’ that discrimination should continue to persist for those applying for British citizenship.
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