International Court - 'Hand over the Chagos Islands'
The UK has once again lost an international court case regards its claim of sovereignty over the Chagos Islands.
A maritime law tribunal of the United Nations has ruled that Britain has no sovereignty over the Chagos Islands. It criticised London for its failure to hand the territory back to Mauritius.
The judges' decision confirms a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and a vote in the UN General Assembly. The panel of judges at the United Nation's International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLS) explicitly criticised the UK's failure to hand the territory over to its former colony, Mauritius, by December 2019, as earlier demanded by a near-unanimous vote at the UN's General Assembly.
"The judgement… is clear and unequivocal. Mauritius is sovereign over the Chagos Archipelago," Mauritius's Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth told the BBC.