Friday, June 23, 2017

The Chagos Islands goes to the Hague

This blog has more than once directed our visitors' attention to the plight of the Chagos islanders who were forcibly removed from their home to make way for a giant US military base at Diego Garcia. But perhaps one of Cde. Richard Layton's poems best describe the situation.

But much to the consternation of HM Government the injustice simply cannot be swept under the carpet. The UN General Assembly voted by 94 countries to 15 that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague should examine the legal status of the Chagos Islands. Mauritius, which gained independence from Britain in 1968, argues that the UK broke international law when it separated off the islands before granting Mauritius its independence.

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