Chagos Islands

  1. Mauritius PM hits out at UK over Chagos Islands control

    Yasine Mohabuth

    Port Louis, Mauritius

    Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth

    Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has hit out at the UK for refusing to return control of Chagos Islands to the island nation.

    Mr Jugnauth described the UK and the US as "hypocrites" and “champions of double talk”.

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague last year gave an advisory opinion ordering the UK to hand over the islands to Mauritius.

    Britain continues to insist that the ICJ ruling is wrong.

    One of the islands, Diego Garcia, is home to a US military airbase.

    Prime Minister Jugnauth on Sunday told a group mainly of Chagossians and their descendants that it was a disgrace for the two powers not to respect human rights.

    "Despite the advisory opinion, the English still do not respect the judgement in complicity with the Americans," he said.

    “They teach other countries to respect human rights but they are champions of double talk. Our fight is just. The majority of countries support us," he added.

    The prime minister urged Chagossians not to be divided in the cause of reclaiming the islands.

    He launched a workshop on the preservation of the Chagossian traditional drum, sega.

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    Video caption: Britain has ignored a deadline to return the Chagos Islands to Mauritius

    Britain has ignored a deadline to return the Chagos Islands to Mauritius

  3. Pope urges UK to end control of Chagos Islands

    Aerial shot of one of the  Chagos Islands
    Image caption: One of the Chagos Islands - Diego Garcia - is home to a US military base

    Pope Francis has said that the UK should comply with a UN resolution demanding that it return control of the Chagos Islands to Mauritius.

    The former UK colony says it was forced to give up the Indian Ocean archipelago - now a British overseas territory - in 1965 in exchange for independence.

    The pontiff said:

    Quote Message: It is true that not all things that are right for humanity are also right for our pockets but international institutions must be obeyed."

    He was speaking on a plane as he returned home to the Vatican after a three-nation trip to Africa.

    His last stop was in Mauritius, where many Chagossians live after being evicted from the islands.

    Pope Francis
    Image caption: Pope Francis has been to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius on his three-nation trip

    In February, the International Court of Justice also ruled that the islands were not lawfully separated from the former colony of Mauritius.

    Reuters quoted Pope Francis as saying:

    Quote Message: When we recognise international organisations, such as the International Court of Justice in The Hague or the United Nations, and give them the capacity to judge internationally, when they speak, if we are (part of) humanity, we must obey."

    The UK has previously said it will hand the islands back to Mauritius when they are no longer required for defence purposes.

    Between 1967 and 1973, the UK evicted the islands' entire population to make way for a joint military base with the US, which is still in place on Diego Garcia, one of the Chagos Islands.