UPCOMING SEMINAR: THE RIGHTS OF BRITISH NATIONAL (OVERSEAS) PASSPORT HOLDERS
Hong Kong Watch invites you to join us for an upcoming roundtable on the rights of British National (Overseas) passport holders. The event will be hosted by Lord Alton of Liverpool and is set to take place in the House of Lords on the 4th March 2019, starting at 1800.
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As of 31 December 2017, there are 152,350 Hong Kongers who hold a BNO passport. At the roundtable, we will examine the existing rights conferred by the passport and discuss how more rights could be extended.
Confirmed speakers include:
Lord Alton of Liverpool: A British Politician, and formerly a Liberal MP, Lord Alton of Liverpool has campaigned for the rights of BNO passport holders since the 1980s. He is a patron of Hong Kong Watch and will be hosting the panel.
Andrew Rosindell MP: Andrew Rosindell is the Conservative MP for Romford and the Chairman of the Right of Abode for Former British Hong Kong Servicemen All Parties Parliamentary Group. He will be talking specifically on the campaign for the extension of the right of abode to ex-servicemen from Hong Kong.
Benedict Rogers: The Chairman of Trustees at Hong Kong Watch, and Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission. He will be examining what protections the UK government should be giving BNO holders in view of the recent erosion of human rights in the territory.
Aileen Calverley: A Trustee of Hong Kong Watch, and the Chair of BNO Community of Hong Kong Watch Subscribers. She will examine existing rights under the BNO, including the right to marry under the UK laws; the right to join the civil services, British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force; the entitlement to seek consular assistance outside China; and the right to vote in local and parliamentary elections; and how to set the road map to extend the rights of BNO holders.
Other roundtable attendees: Representatives from five BNO advocacy groups will travel from Hong Kong to give a presentation on their submitted proposals on the extension of rights of BNO holders including the right of abode.