Archive for July, 2006

The suffering goes on

Posted in Uncategorized on July 3rd, 2006 by Robert Bain – Be the first to comment

For the last seven weeks the exiled Chagos islanders have been waiting to see if the Government would appeal against May’s High Court ruling, which overturned the orders that banned them from their islands.

The Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett had a chance to finally right a forty year old wrong – to show that this government puts its responsibility to its own people before its odious agreements with the US.

Instead the government has once again chosen to perpetuate an injustice which began in the sixties with the secret eviction.

The courts ruled it all to have been illegal in 2000, so the Blair government resorted to secret royal orders to overrule the judges and reinstate the eviction. That too was deemed not only ‘null and void’ but ‘repugnant’ by the High Court in May this year.

And yet the government continues to fight, throwing thousands of pounds of taxpayers money into trampling on the Chagos islanders, most of whom still live in poverty in the slums of Mauritius, where they were dumped all those years ago.

At every stage of their long struggle, the islanders have thought British governments could surely stoop no lower just to please the US. They have been repeatedly proven wrong, and until that changes they will go on fighting.

Welcome to the Chagos Support Blog

Posted in Uncategorized on July 3rd, 2006 by UKCSA – 2 Comments

This blog is maintained in collaboration with the UK Chagos Support Association. It offers access to the latest news about the Chagossian struggle to resettle an archipelago depopulated by Britain to make way for a US military base. You can also find links to other relevant sites and resources for campaigning on this and related issues. Please email us if you have questions.

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Posted in Uncategorized on July 1st, 2006 by UKCSA – Be the first to comment

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