Chagossians in the Seychelles have joined Chagos Refugees Group in boycotting 'heritage visits' to the Chagos Islands planned for later this year. Chagossians wishing to go on the trips have been encouraged to apply before the 8th June 2018. Pierre Prosper, Chair of the Association of Chagossians in the Seychelles, argues that the £40m 'support package' announced in 2016, at the same time as a UK government decision not to support a Chagossian return programme, should not b
The government of the Seychelles have backed the Mauritian challenge to the UK’s claim over the Chagos Islands in an official submission to the International Court of Jusitce (ICJ). Late last year Mauritius were successful in convincing a majority of nations in the United Nations General Assembly to pass a motion referring the UK to the International Court of Justice (ICJ), in relation to it's treatment of the Chagos Islands at the time of Mauritian independence. Mauritius al
The latest UK government organised visit to the Chagos Islands will be going ahead at the end of October. The 12 day trip will be funded from the £40m support package announced last November when the UK government decided not to proceed with a Chagossian return programme. The visit, however, has been boycotted by several Chagossian groups, including the Chagos Refugees Group and the Seychelles Chagossian Committee. This is in protest that the UK will not allow Chagossians to
The Association of Chagossians in the Seychelles have released a statement criticising the UK government's offer of a £40m support package for Chagossians across the Seychelles, Mauritius and the UK. Commenting on the package, the Association Chair Pierre Prosper said that the money "would not go far" In a statement reported by Seychelles News Agency, Mr Prosper urged the UK to consider a "fair settlement" instead, and also confirmed the Association would be challenging the p
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
Chagossians have brought a new legal challenge to the UK government concerning their ongoing exile from their Indian Ocean homeland. The case is being brought by Chagossian Solange Hoareau, who was born on Diego Garcia. The new legal challenge, brought under judicial review, challenges an ongoing UK government policy review on resettlement of Chagos Islands. The review, which has acknowledged that return is “practically feasible,” failed to consider financial compensation as
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