A campaign to support the Chagos Islanders exiled from their homes by UK Government.
The Islanders need our help. They were removed by force, trickery and deceit by UK to clear their islands of all human inhabitants so USA could build Diego Garcia military base. These islanders are denied any right of return. The UK Government has used the royal perogative in council to ignore a High Court decsion in favour of the islanders. They have taken every peaceful path to win their case. If we believe in human rights then this is the case on our own doorstep where such rights have been denied a peaceful people. A people descended from French slaves who looked upon the UK as a protector. The Falkland Islanders enjoy the rights that these Chagossians should enjoy. Why are black people denied the same rights as white islanders? How can so few people be a threat to the USA and UK by their return to their islands. They need to go home and received full compensation and resettlement costs. Those who were removed are now dying and being buried abroad. Let the members of 38Degrees show the UK Government that we will not forget or ignore these people's rights.
40 years fighting for their sea , Sand , and Sun Chagossians say STOP. Colonization over. Let them return in the name of humanity.
Gavin Short commented
I believe that the Chagossians were treated pretty shabbily and the next British government should expeditiously work towards allowing those that wish, to return to their Islands. As a Falkland Islander I enjoy the right of self determination so it is only right and proper that those same rights should cover the Chagossians as well.
Alyssa R commented
Let them return!
It is high time that this historically injustice was righted by the UK government, the British have a duty of care as the colonial authority under the UN charter on human rights. The treatment of the Chagossians compared to inhabitants Gibraltar or the Falkland islands is appalling. I want my government to acknowledge its crimes against these British subjects. Give these people and their dependents the right of return no matter what the cost because the present situation wasn’t of their making.
This is our homeland
Give us rights to return back
Jackie Stapleton commented
This is so wrong, that is their home and no-one should deny them the right to be there.
It is absolutely shameful that Britain did this to these wonderful people in the first place, then to collude with the US and then to not allow them to go home...it's shocking. Lindis Percy Joint Coordinator CAMPAIGN FOR THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF AMERICAN BASES - CAAB www.caab.org.uk also on Facebook and Twitter @C_A_A_B
Justice for the people of Chagos.
Our goverment are hypocrites.
John Madeley commented
There is a real injustice involved here. Please launch a campaign.
I am the author of the MRG report: Diego Garcia, Contrast to the Falllands
Peter Heine commented
this is a historic wrong that needs addressing. It also fits in with the ethos of 38 degrees, Please support this.
Simon Farr commented
I can't believe we are still having to lobby to right such a self evident wrong!
This is a much neglected cause. These Islanders have had high court rulings in their favour. Finally, after a further government appeal,the matter came before five Law Lords who ruled against them by a majority of three to two.
Peri Batliwala commented
It is a continuing shame to us all that this injustice continues to be pushed to the back of each government's agenda. It won't go away and can so easily be put right. It breaks my heart that the elders who wish to return to their homes on the Chagos islands have to die here in enforced exile. Time to get this matter sorted and right a wrong.
Catherine Poarch commented
This has been a peaceful protest. Respect that and support their campaign.
Michael Green commented
The expulsion of these people from their homeland by the British Government is one of the most cruel and deplorable actions of "perfidious Albion" (and there is a very long list to choose from!).
Sarah Mumford commented
Amoral how, now, when Human Rights is the guidance in all decisions that UK and USA still ignore their wrongs to these islanders.
Leslie Ian Jones, your request for votes for a Chagossian campaign has been posted on the UK Chagossian Support Association. Could you follow it up in the group and comment on the number of votes as they come in?
The UK Government of the day ordered the gassing of the pet dogs and the expulsion of the entire Chagossian population. The current UK Government continues to ignore the human rights of the exiles by refusing their right to return to their homeland, so much for the British sense of justice.
Return the land to its rightful owners!! And if you (US & UK) insist that it is "inhospitable" for people to live in, then return the soldiers stationed there to their homes or to other places and return the Chagosians to the lands they know how to cultivate and live on better than you (US & UK).
Nalliah Thayabharan commented
USA was deeply concerned with the stability of the host nation of any potential base, and sought an unpopulated territory, to avoid United Nations’s decolonisation requirements and the resulting political issues of sovereignty or anti-US sentiment. The Chagossian right of occupation was violated by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office as a result of the 1966 agreement between UK & US governments The forced removal of the Chagossian people was an act of ethnic cleansing. The frustration of more than four decades of of exile for the Chagos islanders exacerbated by the refusal of successive UK governments to find a just solution kept breaking though. How can it be that a military settlement is lawful when the rightful inhabitants are not allowed to settle there? US & UK military squatters have taken over the rightful habitation of the islands. Each revelation about the UK’s dealings with Diego Garcia is more disgraceful than the previous, and still the cover-up continues.
Presently about 50 British and 1,500 U.S. military personnel, and 3,000 support workers of various nationalities reside at Diego Garcia.
Most of the roughly 1,500 displaced Chagossians were agricultural workers and fisherman. Uprooted and robbed of their livelihood, the Chagossians now live in poverty in Mauritius’s urban slums, more than 1,500km from their homeland. A smaller number were deported to the Seychelles. About 800 islanders forced off Diego Garcia are alive today, and another 5,000 Chagossians have been born in exile. A 2003 60 Minutes segment and a 2004 documentary by Australian journalist and filmmaker John Pilger, “Stealing a Nation”, have done much to publicize the little-known plight of the islanders.
In May 2006, the British High Court in London ruled that the Chagossians may in fact return to other Chagossian islands, and offered a withering assessment of the British conduct in the case, calling it “outrageous, unlawful and a breach of accepted moral standards.”
“The suggestion that a minister can, through an Order in Council, exile a whole population from a British Overseas Territory and claim he is doing so for the ‘peace, order and good government’ of the Territory is repugnant.”
The Chagossians have accepted that they cannot return to Diego Garcia because of the U.S. airbase, but the islanders want to move elsewhere in the Chagos archipelago, to the Salomon islands and Peros Banhos, which are more than 150km from Diego Garcia. USA is opposed to anyone other than military personnel and their employees living anywhere in the Chagos archipelago, asserting that security will be compromised. According to a US State Department official, Lincoln Bloomfield Jr., allowing civilians in the archipelago could potentially lead to “terrorists infiltrating the islands.”
Visit http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3667764379758632511# to watch the documentary by John Pilger titled ‘Stealing of a Nation’ which discusses the current plight of these indigenous people who have been forcibly exiled by the so-called guardians of democracy and human rights, the British, for the benefit of their loyal friends, the Americans, so that the US has an unrestricted platform to launch attacks on other nations which do not comply with the so called ‘new world order’ as dictated by the US.