Guernsey bill of rights requested by politician

Deputy Graham Guille
Image caption Deputy Guille said it would reassure residents their rights were protected

A Guernsey politician has asked the States to consider a formal bill of rights for the island's population.

Deputy Graham Guille said he was putting the idea to the States following the approval of draft population policy proposals.

He said the proposals were "largely silent on the rights of the existing population".

Deputy Guille said his idea coincided with a consultation taking place in the UK on a British bill of rights.

He said the Population Policy Group should codify the rights of the island's native population before working out the rights of those seeking to move to Guernsey in the future.

Deputy Guille has asked the group to include a proposal for a bill of rights in any initiatives it intends to pursue.

"Such a provision would go a long way to reassure Islanders that their rights are also being considered and protected," he added.

The Population Policy Group has proposed a system of permits and certificates with milestones of eight and 14 years to qualify for long-term residency.

It also has a system of short, medium and long-term employment permits for one year, five years and eight years.

This would replace the current Housing Control and Right to Work Laws.

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