Election Election 2017: Sign the Chagos Pledge!
For fifty years the Chagossian people have suffered as a consequence of the actions of their own British government in 1960s and 70s. All parties now rightly acknowledge their forced deportation from their homeland and neglect in exile was wrong. But now we need our next batch of MPs to commit to doing something about it.
If you're standing for election, please tell your constituents that you'll do everything you can to win #ChagosJustice in Westminster. There's a range of simple, practical steps you can commit to work on if elected to Parliament. Please sign the pledge and commit to winning a much delayed, much belated measure of justice for the Chagossian people in the next Parliament.
And once you have backed #ChagosJustice, remember to let your future constituents know by sharing it on social media!
What's happening and how you can help
Despite being British subjects, Chagossians were deported from their Indian Ocean Chagos Islands homeland as part of a US-UK deal to build a military base on Diego Garcia, the largest island.
Despite military planners confirming the deportation was unnecessary, their exile continues. Dumped on the docks of Mauritius and the Seychelles with no means to support themselves, many fell in to extreme debt and poverty. This continues to plague the community today, as does unfair immigration law which separates Chagossian families.
That's why we need politicians from all parties and in all parts of the country to stand up for Chagossian justice.
Here's what you can do
Back Chagossian right to return: Chagossians have fought for decades for the right to return to their homeland. In 2016 the government refused to support a pilot return programme, but an independent Foreign Office commissioned study completed as part of the Government's Policy Review confirmed resettlement was feasible. You can help continue to assert that it is only be supporting Chagossians to return to their homeland that this government can remove a dark stain on the UK's human rights record.
Help Chagossians affected by unfair immigration laws: When Chagossians were deported they were all British subjects. But owing to their sudden deportation and being forced to live their life in exile, citizenship law for Chagossians is very complex. One brother may be entitled to UK citizenship whilst his sister may not. Mothers with UK passports have seen their children threatened with deportation. Chagossian UK citizens have seen elderly parents detained by immigration authorities.
This is a direct consequence of Chagossian disgraceful and illegal deportation, and that's why we need you to press the government to make special provision to help our fellow citizens reunite their families.
Join the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Chagos Islands: The best way to find more about the Chagossian people's struggle and how you can help is by joining the highly respected All-Party Parliamentary Group on the Chagos Islands. Established in 2008, the group reflects the widespread consensus that Chagossians deserve justice, with members from all parties represented at Westminster. Please join and work with other MPs for a resolution for the Chagossian people.