The removal of all Chagossians from their homelands by the UK - Does this sound familiar?
Our Sovereign Neighbours from the Indian Ocean.
The United Kingdom did a deal with the United States and gave them the Chagossian peoples homeland Islands so the US do they could build a military base.
Diego Garcia, was the principal island which was the homelands of the Chagossians, most of them now live in Mauritius and the United Kingdom after being forcibly evicted by the British government in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Chagos islander Rosemond Sameenaden protesting outside the High Court in London
Image: The UK Mirror
By the UK Chagos support Association
The abuse suffered by the Chagossian people has been so great it can be overwhelming to read through it all. With that in mind, we've put together a 5 minute summary on the horrifying half century of human rights violations inflicted upon the Chagossian people. Also have a look at how you can support the Chagossian campaign for justice in 2015.
This deal expires in 2016, with the option of extension. Extension must only be permitted with US support for Chagossian return.
A programme of forced deportation concluded in 1973. From the late sixties onwards, Chagossians who left the islands for medical treatment or to visit relatives found they were not allowed to return.Families were separated for years.
Promised payments to build a new life arrived 5 years late. Many were forced into debt and extreme poverty, whilst rampant inflation severely reduced the compensation's real value. The little money they eventually received often just paid down debts.
In 2000, the High Court judged the eviction of Chagossians was illegal. In 2004, the Government used Royal Prerogative to quash this decision, bypassing Parliament and the legal system. The law was enacted on election day to avoid media scrutiny.
Royal Prerogative was also used to approve the original deportation-meaning Chagossians' exile was never approved by Parliament or a UK court
The Government has continued tospend millions fighting court cases to prevent Chagossian return.
New Supreme Court challenges will be brought by Chagossians and their lawyers 22nd June
Location Map Chagos Archipelago
The Marine Protected Area
In 2010 a Marine Protected Area was created around the Chagos Islands. Documents released by Wikileaksproved this was a deliberate attempt to undermine the Chagossian return campaign.
The Government pledged to resolve the issue before the 2015 election, but failed to do so. We need to pressure the new Parliament and Government, whoever they may be, to finally give Chagossians a measure of justice, and to do it now. (see Ben Fogle's interview for more detail)