Hope for Chagos Islanders

| 24/05/2013

chagos islanders.jpg(West Sussex Gazette): Exiled Chagos Islanders have been told the Government will look into the feasbility of them returning to their homeland, according to Crawley MP Henry Smith. The Islanders have been fighting to return home for 40 years after being evicted to make way for a US airbase, though a European Court ruling found they forfeited that right when they accepted compensation in the 1980s. The lastest development was revealed following a meeting between Chagos Refugees Group UK, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) minister Mark Simmonds, and Crawley MP and vice-chair of the Chagos Islands All Party Parliamentary Group Henry Smith on May 9.

Chagos Refugees Group UK chair Marie Sabrina Jean, who was born in Mauritius and now lives in Southgate, said: “We made all our points, especially our right of return. All Chagossians are fighting for that right, the main point is what will happen now?
“We will have to wait for the answers. We’ve given them our argument for resettlement. Our fundamental right is a big thing, our human rights need to be respected. I’m very confident about our struggle.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    No comments.  What happened to Whodatis? This is his favorite subject.  CNS, you need to put this on the front page.

    I do hope that they let them resettle just so Whodatis can't use this argment again.

    • Dreadlock Holmes says:

      I'll speak for Whodatis and I'll also speak as a human being. If you're satisfied with your snarky comment you might now take the time to watch the John Pilger film 'Stealing A Nation'. This will give you some perspective on what these people have been through.