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
On 23rd February 2016, Henry Smith MP, the Vice Chair of the Chagos Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) and the Conservative MP for Crawley, raised the right of return of the Chagos islanders as a ‘Topical Question’ in the House of Commons.
He queried: ‘With the United States wishing to continue its military presence on Diego Garcia for a further 20 years, what discussions is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office planning to have with Washington about helping to faci
98 per cent of Chagossians back resettlement of their homeland, according to the summary of an official UK Government consultation with the Chagossian community published on 21st January. This puts paid to doubts Government Ministers had raised over Chagossian demand for resettlement. The summary document also acknowledges a “range of practical [professional] skills” which Chagossians could utilise in a renewed economy on the islands. The report also indicates Chagossians' am
Writing for Conservative Home (click to read the full article on Conservativehome.com), David Snoxell has called for the UK Government to rectify injustices committed to the Chagos Islanders by successive UK Governments. The co-ordinator of the Chagos Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group and British High Commissioner to Mauritius from 2000-2004, David Snoxell, has urged the UK Government to come to a decision on the resettlement of Chagossians and to “rectify the injustices
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