Monday, February 25, 2019

UK betrays the Chagossians again

The blog has posted several messages about the UK's shameful treatment of the Chagossian islanders when they were forced in to exile so that the USA could build their military air-base on Diego Garcia. 

Despite various legal victories in the courts the islanders have been victims of a concerted campaign by the UK government who eventually used the archaic royal prerogative to overturn their rulings. And then just for good measure they imposed a maritime conservation area on the region to ban any chance of a fishing livelihood for the islanders (US pollution was exempted, of course)

The Chagos islanders once again have achieved recognition of their unfair and unjust victimization, this time from the United Nations which declared that the islands were illegally detatched from their original link with Mauritius whose own independence was dependent upon giving up the Chagos Islands. The UK effectively using the process of decolonisation to create a new colony.
The UN's highest court, the International Court of Justice at the Hague, has described the UK's administration of the Chagos Islands - located more than 2,000 miles off the east coast of Africa - as "an unlawful act of continuing character".  The UK was "under an obligation to bring an end to its administration of the Chagos Archipelago as rapidly as possible".

As expected, the UK government said it will ignore this latest ruling against on the technical grounds that its finding is merely advisory and non-binding. The USA will also pay no heed to international court decisions.

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