The question of Chagossian return was raised in Parliament today, as UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed that "it will now fall to the next Prime Minister to make a decision [on whether to back Chagossian return]." Mr Hammond was responding to SNP MP Alan Brown's question, asked Mr Hammond to advise the new Prime Minister of the recent Supreme Court verdict which stated it may be "irrational, unreasonable or disproportionate" to deny Chagossians the right to return.
Last month Oliver Bancoult, leader of Chagos Refugee Group, wrote to the UK Prime Minister asking that he take the necessary steps to deliver justice for the Chagossian people, and to begin a resettlement programme for those Chagossians wishing to return immediately. Mr Bancoult has now received a reply, which offers assurances this issue is being looked at and will be resolved in the near future. You can read Mr Bancoult's letter in full below. Dear Prime Minister, Resettlem
This weekend UK Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama will discuss the future of the Chgossian people. Our Patron Ben Fogle is calling on them to "make history" by delivering some long overdue justice and supporting a fair return programme. UPDATE: We can now confirm the future of the Chagos Islands was discussed by the two leaders, as was reported in the media. As Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama meet this weekend, the contents
Yesterday in Parliament the Prime Minister was directly challenged to end Chagossian exile, and raise the issue with his US President Barack Obama on his upcoming state visit. See right for a (slightly low-quality) recording of the Prime Minister's comments. Henry Smith, MP for Crawley and Vice-Chair of the Chagos Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group, spoke up during Prime Minister’s Questions to ask David Cameron to “raise the case for US support for Chagossian return.” He
Chagos Refugee Group Leader Oliver Bancoult is today (7 April) handing in a letter to UK Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street calling on him to “show statesmanship” by ending Chagossians' exile. You can read Mr Bancoult's letter in full here. Chagossians have lived in exile since they were forcibly removed from their Chagos Islands homeland in the Indian Ocean in the early 1970s. Despite being British citizens, they were removed under UK Government order so a US