Chagossians are launching legal action in the USA, calling for compensation for their 50 years of enforced exile and the suffering endured due to a lack of promised support. The claim, which is led by Chagossians Solomon Prosper and Bernard Nourrice, seeks damages of up to $100,000 for each individual Chagossian under the US Foreign Claims Act, which requires the US Military to set up claims commissions to handle damage claims by foreign citizens. The Chagossians’ lawyer, Dr.
In the last few month or so a number of major media outlets from around the world have covered the Chagossian community's unique history and fight for justice. Taking various approaches to the issue, we've put together a quick summary below with links to the full works. US Military newspaper Stars and Stripes reprinted a Los Angles Times article about the history of the Chagossian expulsion and the struggle for return. The piece, which attracted a lot of readers in the USA, w
We have received some sad news to begin the New Year, with the passing of one of the staunchest, long-term supporters of the Chagossian people, John Loader. Mr Loader, a World War 2 veteran, died recently at the age of 97. He has supported the exiled Chagossians ever since he heard of the setting up of the UK Chagos Support Association. During the Second World War, he was stationed on Diego Garcia in order to re-fuel and service Sunderland aircraft, where he made a short film
As the UK government near a decision on whether to support a Chagossian return programme, the future of the US military facility on Diego Garcia, the largest Chagos Island, is also due to be decided at the end of this year. In the past government ministers have expressed "concern" about the possibility of a returned population living alongside the US military base. This, however, has been directly contradicted by ex-Assistant Secretary of State of Defense, Lawrence Korb. Mr K