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Chagossians were forcibly expelled from their homes in the Chagos Islands by the British Governement 40 years ago. They have been prevented from returning ever since.
We call on the British Government to allow the Chagossian people to return to their homeland, and provide proper compensation and an apology for everything they have suffered.
We work to draw attention to the islanders’ plight, to help them in their struggle and to support them in hardship. Our patrons are Ben Fogle and Benjamin Zephaniah.
‘A shockingly recent act of imperial arrogance’ was one journalist’s description of the eviction of the Chagos islanders.
In 1967 the British government bought out the plantation owners, shut down the plantations and stopped the regular supply ship. With no warning or consultation, the islanders, numbering about 2000 at this time, were told that they were all being evicted. Those who tried to flee to the outer islands were rounded up. The islanders were isolated, intimidated, and tricked into believing that they would be settled into a similar environment with their own land and houses...[Learn More]
The UK Chagos Support Association was formed to support the Chagossians in their fight for justice. We feel it is a disgrace that the British Government continues to deny justice to the Chagos islanders. We feel that justice is long overdue and we call on the Government to give the islanders the right to return to their homeland, as well as proper compensation and an apology for everything they have suffered over the past 40-odd years at the hands of the British authorities...[We Need Your Help]
The association works to draw attention to the islanders’ plight, to help them in their struggle against injustice and to support them in hardship. Our honorary president is Olivier Bancoult, who heads the Chagos Refugees Group, the largest Chagossian community group. Our patrons are Ben Fogle and Benjamin Zephaniah...[You Can Make A Difference]
Urge the government to provide resettlement and proper compensation. The islanders have lost their court battles in the UK for resettlement and proper compensation, but they aren't giving up. The more pressure is on the Government to do the right thing, the better chance they have of achieving justice.
"Last year, I visited Crawley for a day celebrating Chagossian culture. Hundreds of Chagossians attended with photos, paintings, diaries and food that represented their vanishing culture. “I have one dying wish,” whispered an elderly Chagossian, still traumatised by her forced exile. “To set foot on my island and clear my husband’s grave. Then I can die happy.”
“I couldn’t believe such a huge injustice had happened, and continues to happen, in modern times. I was just a street poet from Birmingham, but I remember telling myself that I will do anything I can to help these people return to their lands.”
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