Almost £6m spent by UK government on Chagos legal costs
Chagossian Bernard Nourrice outside Supreme Court, on the day of one of many legal disputes between the UK government and the Chagossian community
It has been revealed that the UK government has spent almost £6m of UK taxpayers' money on court cases related to the Chagos Islands, the majority of which appears to have been used fighting against Chagossians in the courts over their right to return to their homeland.
The figure, as recently reported in UK newspaper The Daily Mirror, was revealed after questions were raised in Parliament.
Just over £4m of the expenditure was listed as related to "domestic legislation," which is likely to be direct spending disputing Chagossians right to live in their homeland.
The costs listed only relate to "external legal services." The true financial cost of years of disputing Chagossians fundamental human rights, when taking in to account civil servant staff time and other internal costs, will be considerably higher.
On Twitter, we noted this amount of money could have been put to considerably more constructive use in supporting the Chagossian community and their campaign for justice.