The Supreme Court will this Thursday make a judgement on whether the UK government acted improperly in establishing a Marine Protected Area around the Chagos Islands in 2010. The challenge is being brought by Oliver Bancoult, Chairperson of the Chagos Refugees Group. Evidence was heard on 29 June 2017, and now a verdict will be delivered on Thursday 8 February. The creation of the Marine Protected Area in 2010 has become controversial, owing to documents released by Wikileaks
Chagossians are launching a fresh challenge to assert their rights over their homeland this week. Taking their cause the UK's Supreme Court, Chagossians and their legal team will argue the creation of the Chagos Islands Marine Protected Area in 2010 infringed on Chagossians rights to their native land, including fishing rights. The case is being taken forward by Chagos Refugee Group leader Oliver Bancoult, and is an appeal against a previous judgement on the grounds of new in
Chagossians are going to the Supreme Court to challenge the creation of the Chagos Islands Marine Protection Area by the United Kingdom around the Chagos. The case will be heard on 28 and 29 June in the Supreme Court in the United Kingdom. A delegation of the Chagos Refugee Group (GRC) from Mauritius will be there, supported also be a group of Chagossians resident in Seychelles. The Marine Protected Area (MPA) has been shrouded in controversy since it's creation in 2009. Inf
In our latest guest blog, veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell explains why he is backing Chagossians right to end their decades of exile this year. Mr Tatchell has been a strong, vocal and successful campaigner for decades. We are honoured and delighted that he has chosen to publicly back the Chagossian people's long and valiant fight for justice at this critical time. Why I support the Chagos Islanders right to return: By Peter Tatchell I first became aware of t
In the latest meeting of the Chagos Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group, politicians from across Westminster discussed the Supreme Court verdict on Chagossian return, the change of government and plans to win Chagossian right to return in the coming months. A below summary of the meeting has been put together by the group's Coordinator David Snoxell. The Chagos Islands (BIOT) All-Party Parliamentary Group held its 56th meeting on 21 July. The Group considered the PQs and in
Despite being one of the busiest weeks in recent political history, the Supreme Court verdict on Chagossian resettlement attracted widespread media attention and political support. The case was challenging a decision made by the Supreme Court's predecessor, the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords, which found in 2008 that a 2004 law forbidding Chagossians from living in their homeland was legal. The fresh challenge was mounted following evidence that key information had
The Chagos Islands All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), which works for a fair solution to the complex history of the Chagos Islands, has released a statement following the Supreme Court verdict and written to The Times newspaper (letter displayed right). Last Wednesday the Supreme Court narrowly found against Chagossians' challenge to a law banning anyone from living in their homeland. The verdict though confirmed that Chagossians would be able to continue their legal chall
On Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled against the Chagossian people's bid to win the right to return to their homeland. This was disappointing, but actually as far as defeats go, this was a pretty good one. The court's judgement may have a narrow rejection of Chagossians' claim, but it makes it all the more likely the Government will decide to back Chagossian return: here's a few reasons why... The Government is still due to deliver a separate Chagos return decision this year,
A controversial UK judgement which endorsed a 2004 law banning Chagossians living in their homeland was today narrowly upheld by the UK's Supreme Court. The Supreme Court's predecessor, the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords, had found in 2008 that the 2004 law forbidding Chagossians from living in their homeland was legal. Chagossians-UK citizens- have lived in exile since their deportation from their homeland in the early 1970s. Since then they have fought long polit
Kinnari Bhatt is Vice-Chair of UK Chagos Support Assocaition and is also a highly regarded schloar currently compeleting her PhD on issues related to Chagossian identity in exile. The views she expresses about the upcoming Supreme Court case are her own and not necessarily the settled view of UK Chagos Support Association. Within the Heart of Darkness, a glimmer of hope: An Unhappy Legacy of Colonial Injustice and the Implications of Chagossian return ‘He who commits injustic
The Supreme Court will deliver its verdict on the Chagossian case next Wednesday (29 May).
Chagossians and their supporters will be present , both inside the courtroom watching and outside showing solidarity and speaking to the media. UK Chagos Support Association will be contributing a coach to bring Chagossians down from Crawley.
If you'd like to directly support Chagossians attending, please give what you can.
Confirmed just a few days ago, the case formally challenge
Brazilian weekly magazine Carta Capital has picked up the story of the Chagossian people's long fight for justice, in an excellent Spanish language article published this week. Read the original article in full and in Spanish here. You can read an automated translation, meanwhile, via the Google Translate service. Clear distinct memories of the unique life and culture which Chagossians had enjoyed for centuries on the Islands prior to deportation open the report. Speaking to