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
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