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Inheritance laws in Jersey 'break human rights'

Inheritance laws in Jersey for the children of unmarried parents are unfair and break human rights laws, an equality campaign group has said.

At the moment children born out of wedlock have fewer inheritance rights than legitimate children.

Dr Elena Moran, from Jersey Community Relations Trust (JCRT), said more than a third of children in Jersey are born to unmarried parents each year.

"Current inheritance laws really aren't fair," she said.

"They aren't dealing with the trends of modern society."

Break convention

The trust was set up to eliminate discrimination and promote equality.

It commissioned a report into the island's inheritance laws after a technical issue left a man's will invalid, leaving his partner and their children unable to automatically inherit his estate.

The report found that the laws break the European Human Rights Convention, which Jersey is signed up to.

The JCRT also claims that widowers get better succession rights than widows.

Politicians will debate inheritance legislation in the States this week.



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