So contends Peter Sand, a leading environment lawyer who has written extensively on Chagos legal issues. In an article recently published in the Journal of Environment and Development, Sand comments that the unilateral enactment of the MPA disregarded “the legitimate interests both of other states and of the people directly concerned” and that it “remains unenforceable under UNCLOS article 73″.
Archive for February, 2012
The play is on at Riverside Studios until 10 March.
Brian Logan reviews A Few Man Fridays in the Guardian. Nothing in the story, Logan says, “is as potent as the real-life testimonies of the dispossessed Chagossians, which form the play’s disturbing centrepiece”.
There was also a piece by Lyn Gardner on Thursday looking at the historical context of the play, and interviewing writer-director Adrian Jackson. Jackson questions the way the Chagossians’ rights have been pitted against environmental concerns, asking: “Is the footprint of the Chagossians great than that of the US military base and the yachters who visit the area?”
The play is on at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith until 10 March.
The Chagos Islands (BIOT) All-Party Parliamentary Group held its 27th meeting on 1 February 2012.
Members of the all-party parliamentary group on Chagos have written to Foreign Secretary William Hague calling for the Chagos archipelago to be nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
World Heritage Sites are places deemed to be of special cultural or physical significance, including many historic buildings and natural features around the world. The Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos Islands are both World Heritage Sites, and last year the UK nominated the Turks and Caicos Islands to become one.
This year is the fortieth anniversary of the UNESCO Convention.
Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, who chairs the all-party group, told Hague in a letter that nominating the Chagos archipelago for World Heritage Site status would be a fitting way to celebrate the anniversary and “a magnanimous gesture” by the Foreign Office.
Unlike the government’s decision in 2010 to make Chagos a marine reserve – which was made without properly consulting or winning the support of the Chagossian community or the Mauritian government – the nomination for World Heritage Site status could be pursued with the backing of all parties, Corybn said.
He asked Hague to consider the proposal “and to explore with Mauritius and the Chagossians a way of taking it forward”.