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Mauritian PM calls out UK & US duplicity, revives colonial row over evicted Chagos islanders

RT | October 19, 2020

Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has slammed the UK and US for their mistreatment of the Chagossian people, evicted from their homeland by the British in the 1960s and 1970s so that the US could use it as a military base.

Speaking on Sunday in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis, the PM lamented how the British and Americans acted when they evicted thousands of people from their homeland on the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

When we hear the British and Americans talking on the international stage, they teach lessons. They criticize. The English and the Americans are hypocrites.

Mauritius and the Chagos Islands were ceded to Britain in 1814 after the defeat of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. The British government later purchased Chagos from Mauritius in 1965, with Mauritius later saying it was forced to hand over the territory in order to secure independence from the British Empire. The Chagossians were subsequently evicted to provide the US with an unpopulated island for a military base, and sent to live in the UK, Mauritius and the Seychelles.

Jugnauth told the crowd, mainly composed of Chagossians and their descendants, that the UK continues to ignore the 2019 ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which ordered Britain to hand back the Chagos Islands to Mauritius “as rapidly as possible.”

“Despite the advisory opinion in favor of Mauritius, the English still do not respect the judgment, with the complicity of the Americans,” the prime minister added.

He also urged the Chagossians to protect their own identity, as he kicked off the first consultative committee for safeguarding and promoting the sega tambour Chagos – a genre of music indigenous to the Chagos Archipelago.

Also on rt.com ‘Illegal colonial occupier’: Mauritius blasts UK as it skips UN deadline to return Chagos Islands housing US airbase

Despite the judgement of the ICJ and a motion approved by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2019, the UK has shown no signs of changing its stance, calling the ICJ ruling an “advisory opinion, not a judgment.”

In response to the international rulings in 2019, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office stated that the UK “has no doubt as to our sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), which has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814,” adding that “Mauritius has never held sovereignty over the BIOT and the UK does not recognize its claim.”

October 19, 2020 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Illegal Occupation | , ,

5 Comments »

  1. “Despite the judgement of the ICJ and a motion approved by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2019, the UK has shown no signs of changing its stance, calling the ICJ ruling an “advisory opinion, not a judgment.”

    Is it any wonder that “Lawyers” are despised around the World?….I wish I had got an “Advisory Opinion” from my “Divorce Lawyers” instead of “the rough end of a pineapple”…….

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 19, 2020 | Reply

  2. For those new to this atrocity, please watch:

    Stealing a Nation by John Pilger

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    Comment by Sparrow | October 19, 2020 | Reply

    • Thanks for that……It is apparently not available(in the USA?) I found it on You Tube in Australia…….Will watch it later…..

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 19, 2020 | Reply

      • It’s available here in the US on John Pilger’s website…and Vimeo. Youtube has it up by another user. Word Press wouldn’t allow me to post his website and apparently it can’t be uploaded here by Vimeo because of privacy settings. Just click on the blue ‘Watch on Vimeo’ and it takes you there.

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        Comment by Sparrow | October 19, 2020 | Reply

        • Thanks for that…….I met a Welsh bloke once who said he had been to Diego Garcia. He said it was the most beautiful place on Earth………

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          Comment by brianharryaustralia | October 19, 2020 | Reply


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