Any stories which raise awareness of and support for the Chagossian struggle for justice are always greatly appreciated, and this month there are a variety from around the world. The Hong Kong Economic Journal published an article by their Lead Writer (Global) Simon Shen on how the 'British Indian Ocean Territory' (the official UK government name for the Chagos Islands) came in to being. It covers the history of the Chagos Islands, and also their potential future as he specul
Last month, Andrew Mueller of the Monocle Magazine's The Foreign Desk hosted a panel of speakers to discuss the current issues surrounding the struggle for sovereignty and other bureaucratic issues the Chagossians face in their right to return. Frankie Bontemps, chairman of the Chagos Islanders Movement, Olivier Bancoult, chairman of Chagos Refugee Group in Mauritius and Steven Allen, the senior lecturer of Law at Queen Mary, University of London all contributed.
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.
We spend a lot time writing about the Chagossian fight for justice, and thankfully many of you take the time to read about the brave, unyielding work of the Chagossian community. We thought though it would be interesting to hear the thoughts of a few other people. That is why we are introducing our Guest Blogs, from people with different perspectives on the Chagossian exile and campaign for justice. As guests, what they write does not necessarily reflect the official view of
Last night a BBC Four documentary called Britain’s Treasure Islands, presented by Stewart McPherson, featured an exploration of the unique environment of the Chagos Islands. The documentary, which can be viewed on BBC Iplayer, includes fascinating high-quality footage of the islands, including those previously inhabited, and the surrounding seas and lagoons. The programme is part of a series in which presenter Stewart McPherson aims to be the first person to visit all 14 Brit
This weekend the Chagossian community held a low key ceremoney of remeberance in 'Chagos Day,' timed to conincide with the UK-US agreement to create the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT). An infamous condition of the agreement was the forced removal of the native Chagossian people. In a letter to The Times, members of the promenient Chagos Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group wrote to mark the occasion. They highlight the "unique opportunity" next year to "dispose of the
The Seychelles Chagossian Committee has condemned comments Sir James Mancham in which the former President of The Seychelles used the term “so-called Chagossians.” Pierre Prosper, the new Chairperson of the Seychelles Chagossian Committee, the recently elected chairperson of the Seychelles Chagossians Committee, has responded strongly “Sir James Mancham’s article relegates all Chagossians to temporary migrant workers, with no indigenous history. We find his statements offensi