Thursday, 21 May 2009

Justice for Gurkhas - at last

Gurkhas who have been willing to die for the United Kingdom have had their services properly recognised - at last.

"Generations of Gurkhas have served the United Kingdom with great courage, sacrifice and distinction" and yet those who retired before 1997 are not allowed to apply for settlement in the UK.

In September 2008, the Gurkhas were celebrating one of their most famous victories, in a legal battle, the High Court gave them the right to settle in the UK.

But the UK government was having none of it. It did everything in its power to deny the Gurkha the right to stay.

Thanks to actress Joanna Lumley, some MP's with guts and public opinion, the government has finally conceded.

Gurkhas who served for four years or more will be able to apply to settle in the UK.

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