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
Today at 10 Downing Street hundreds of Chagossians protested against the UK government's refusal to allow them to return to their homeland. Handing in a letter demanding their right to return and support in exile, they were joined by prominent Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell, who chairs a large cross-party which has supported the Islanders cause for many years. Last month the UK government concluded a three-year policy review by declining to support or permit Chagossian to