Court victory for the islanders!

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the Government’s appeal against the cancellation of laws passed by Royal Prerogative to keep the Chagos Islanders from returning home.

Richard Gifford, solicitor for the islanders, said: “This is now the third time that Olivier Bancoult, the leader of the Chagossian Community in exile, has proved to the satisfaction of English judges that nothing can separate his compatriots from their homeland. They now call upon the British Government for a new start in this abusive relationship and to proceed with the utmost urgency to restore these loyal British subjects to their homeland… Olivier Bancoult and the Chagos Islanders are ready to engage the Government in a constructive way to plan their resettlement in the knowledge that this is the only lawful and honourable course for the British Government to adopt.”

The full judgment can be read here.

The judges also refused the Government leave to appeal to the House of Lords, although the Lords can still choose to entertain an appeal.

Media coverage has been excellent, from the BBC, Reuters, The Guardian and many more media outlets.

3 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations, ive followed this story for a while and im glad to see that you’ve taken on and beaten the UK government. Let’s hope there is no reversal of this decision and you get to go back to at least some of the islands from which you once lived, and who knows maybe in time Diego Garcia itself.

    *raises a glass*

  2. Anonymous says:

    Has there been any media coverage of this at all in the USA – because at the time of posting this, I cannot find any.

  3. Anonymous says:

    As of yet I, a US American, cannot find anything within the US press on this. Sadly, you cannot find any of John Pilger’s documentaries here in the US …supposedly the most “open” society in human history. The lone exception in the USA is through http://www.bullfrog.com You can find a few that are available, for some reason, at a very high price. You can get most of his work through seller’s in the UK and Australia in PAL format.

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