Britain’s illegal occupation of Chagos Islands in Indian Ocean

2021-03-16 12:17:58

The United Nations International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea ruled in January that Britain has no sovereignty over the Chagos Islands, a group of seven atolls in the Indian Ocean located about 4,000 kilometers from the coast of East Africa.

The decision by the tribunal confirmed a ruling by the International Court of Justice in February 2019, which said the UK has an obligation to bring its administration of the archipelago to an end “as rapidly as possible”.

in May 2019, the US General Assembly adopted a resolution reaffirming the ICC’s conclusions and demanded that the United Kingdom unconditionally withdraw its administration from the islands.

British authorities retained possession of the islands after Mauritius gained independence from the UK in 1968 and now refers to them as the “British Indian Ocean Territory”.

Mauritius claims it was forced to give it up in exchange for independence, which it gained in 1968. Mauritius Prime Minister has slammed Britain for refusing to return control of Chagos Islands to his country.

In 1971, about 1,500 natives of the islands were deported so

that the largest island could be leased to the US for an airbase. The islanders

have never been allowed to return to their home.

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