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Perspectives Of A UK Member Of Parliament: “Chagos,Just Plain Injustice”

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There was a sense of poetic justice in London in 2000 when the High Court handed down a just verdict. Before the court was a group of people who were demanding their right to return to their homes, from which they forcibly vacated thirty years ago; opposing them stood the British Crown. When the Court ruled that the Chagossian islanders had a right to return, jubilation was the order of the day. The islanders danced in the streets in front of the Royal Courts of Justice. This victory was a bit short lived; to understand the reason why, it is necessary to understand the powerful forces at work to prevent ordinary people, who grew copra and fished, from living on these pristine islands. The story of the Chagossians is one of fortitude and determination against overwhelming odds: a few thousand islanders who simply refuse to disappear and go away.

Keywords: chagossian; court of justice; high court; pristine islands



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