Allen Vincatassin, leader of the Diego Garcia and Chagos Islands Council, recently gave a short interview to RT’s current affiars magazine programme. In an interview segment, Mr Vincatassin expresses his disappointment that the UK government missed last year’s opportunity to start a return programme for the Chagossian community. He also rightly noted that even with the continuing presence of the US military base, Chagossians could return to Diego Garcia. Military facilities o
The government's shameful decision to oppose Chagossian return to their homeland last November came with an unexpected caveat. An offer of £40m for Chagossian community projects over 10 years, in the UK, Mauritius, Seychelles and elsewhere.
This was not, as was widely reported, an offer of compensation. Rather it was money committed to the still somewhat vague aims of improving Chagossian access health care services, employment and social services.
The offer was unexpecte
Two years of waiting today came to end. The Government announced that they will not be going ahead with a pilot resettlement scheme that would have allowed two hundred Chagossians to return to their islands for a trial period of two years. The decision has truly rocked the Chagossian community. Many were too stunned to comment, others made clear that the fight is not over. In a written statement, Sir Alan Duncan MP said the decision was made “on the grounds of feasibility, de
Allen Vincatassin, a Chagossian community leader elected President-in-exile in 2011, has spoken with 24 hour news channel RT about the community's ongoing struggle to win return to their homeland. He encourages British citizens to lobby their MPs to tell them its time to back a Chagossian return programme. Speaking on the current affairs programme Going Underground, Mr Vincatassin explained the history of how Chagossians came to be exiled and his hopes that, with UK governmen
Delayed Gratification writer and freelance journalist Matthew Lee recently published a fantastically comprehensive article on the history of the Chagos Islands and current campaign for justice. During the project the writer spoke with a range of Chagossians living with London and Crawley, even taking in a few Chagos Islands football team games. We have put together a detailed summary of the article below, but you can find Lee's piece in a recent Delayed Gratification edition.
Earlier this month, South African based news agency, the Daily Maverick produced a podcast on the Chagos case, featuring interviews with Allen Vincatassin, elected President of a Provisional Government several years ago, coordinator of the Chagos All Party Parliamentary Group David Snoxell and Chair of the UK Chagos Support Association Stefan Donnelly. You can listen to full podcast by clicking on the Youtube link. The piece began with a reflection on the devastating effects