The UK Chagos Support Association

Linked with Marie Lisette Talate – Mauritius, and with the Chagos Refugees Group.

In the 1960s and 70s, Britain secretly and illegally threw the Chagos islanders off their islands, to make way for a US military base. Four decades on their fight jor justice continues. The Government is appealing to the House of Lords to overturn a third court ruling in the islanders’ favour …

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After more than twenty years of debate, the United Nations General Assembly recently adopted a declaration upholding the rights of indigenous people, including their right to restitution or compensation for land that is taken away from them.

The UK welcomed the declaration, saying: “We recognise that indigenous peoples have suffered many historic injustices and continue to be amongst the poorest and most marginalised peoples of the world…”

…But the statement went on to say that the UK and its territories do not have any indigenous people. Oh well.

UK INTERPRETATIVE STATEMENT ON DECLARATION OF THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES on chagossupport.org.uk. (Source: the Foreign & Commonwealth Office).

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