Chagossian fight for justice reaches floor of EU Parliament
On the 16th December, during a European Parliament debate on Human Rights and World Democracy, West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver took the opportunity to stand up and condemn Britain’s treatment of the Chagossians, in what he described as “one of the more shameful episodes of recent British history”. Watch Mr Carver's contribution to the debate below.
After briefly outlining the plight of the Chagossians since their forced removal from their homeland, he asserted his support for their return, citing studies which have shown that their return to the islands is viable alongside a continuing US base on Diego Garcia.
He went on to contrast the UK government’s support for the self-determination of Gibraltarians and Falkland Islanders whilst “shamefully neglecting our duty of care to the Chagossian people”. He condemned all governments on this issue, both Conservative and Labour, saying they “should hold their heads in shame”.
In answering a question from Charles Tannock, Conservative MEP for London, who also outlined his support for the Chagossians, and who made the point that the EU had offered to fund the Chagossian’s return, James Carver welcomed Mr Tannock’s support for the Chagossian cause, but his opinion was that it was for the British Government to deal with this continuing injustice and that we should not be “going cap-in-hand” to the EU to solve this UK matter.