Gurkha children fight to stay

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 October, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 04 October, 1998, 12:00am

SEVEN children of Gurkhas who served in Hong Kong have taken legal action to try to stop the Government forcing them to leave.

The group, who have filed an application for judicial review, all claim to have been born here in the 1960s and 1970s and assert their right to permanent resident status under the Basic Law.

All seven had applications rejected on grounds of 'insufficient evidence'.

The seven claim the Immigration Director's refusal to allow them to stay in Hong Kong while waiting for their hearing is unlawful, according to the High Court application.

Their fathers were Gurkhas who 'served and contributed to Hong Kong society', the application said.

They were brought up in Nepal and last arrived in Hong Kong in 1997.