UK threatens to deport grandchildren of evicted Chagossians – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2018 in bills, Chagos Islands, citizenship, deportation, families, immigration, news by sally

‘The Home Office is threatening to deport a teenage granddaughter of a former Chagos Islander, even though her mother holds British citizenship.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2018

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International Court of Justice begins hearing on Britain’s separation of Chagos islands from Mauritius – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 4th, 2018 in Chagos Islands, international courts, international law, news, repossession by sally

‘Britain has apologised for the “shameful” way it evicted islanders from the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean, but insisted Mauritius was wrong to bring a dispute over sovereignty of the strategic atoll group to the United Nations’ top court.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2018

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Chagos legal status sent to international court by UN – BBC News

‘A dispute between the UK and Mauritius over disputed island territory in the Indian Ocean is to be referred to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).’

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BBC News, 22nd June 2017

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Chagos Islanders denied right to return home – The Guardian

Posted November 16th, 2016 in armed forces, Chagos Islands, compensation, human rights, indigenous peoples, news by sally

‘Thousands of Chagos islanders, deported from their homeland in the Indian Ocean by the UK government to make way for a US military base in 1971, will not be given the right of return to resettle, the Foreign Office will announce on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2016

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Developments in the oversight of British Troops abroad – the Roundup – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The oversight of the conduct of British soldiers in Iraq has been subject of two recent developments. The first is political, as Prime Minister Theresa May has renewed criticism of investigations into allegations of criminal behaviour of British troops. The second is legal, with the Court of Appeal offering clarification as to the role of the ECHR in conflicts abroad. However, comments by Defence Secretary Michael Fallon have since thrown into doubt the future role of the ECHR in conflicts abroad.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th October 2016

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Another door closes for the Chagossians – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In R (on the application of Bancoult (No 2)) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] UKSC 35, the Supreme Court last week dismissed the attempt to set aside the House of Lord’s controversial 2008 decision in R (Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No 2) [2008] UKHL 61. The challenge was grounded in the disclosure of documents in the parallel proceedings of Bancoult No 3 relating to the reliability of a feasibility study into the long term viability of settlement in Chagos Islands.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th July 2016

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Chagos islanders lose supreme court bid to return to homeland – The Guardian

‘Chagos islanders, forcibly removed from their homes in 1971, have lost a legal challenge at the supreme court that could have speeded up their return.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2016

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Chagos Islanders’ fate to be decided by top court – The Guardian

‘A decades-long battle by the exiled people of the Chagos Islands to be allowed to return home will reach its conclusion on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2016

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Doubts raised over UK government’s refusal to permit return to Chagos – The Guardian

Posted January 25th, 2016 in armed forces, Chagos Islands, documents, human rights, indigenous peoples, news by sally

‘For more than half a century the displaced people of the Chagos Islands have sought to return to their home, a collection of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean that constitutes one of the more far-flung outposts of the British empire.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2016

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Chagos islanders go to supreme court in battle to be allowed home – The Guardian

‘Former residents of the Chagos Islands who were forcibly removed from their homeland more than 40 years ago will take their long legal battle to the UK’s highest court on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2015

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Chagossians: Wikileaked cable admissible after all – UK Human Rights Blog

‘Rosalind English has summarised this unsuccessful appeal against the rejection of the Chagossians’ claims by the Divisional Court, and I have posted on this litigation arising out of the removal and subsequent exclusion of the population from the Chagos Archipelago in the British Indian Ocean Territory.’


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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th May 2014

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Richard III and Chagossian judicial review claims all dismissed – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The facts of this application for judicial review were set out in David Hart QC’s post on the original permission hearing. To recap briefly, the Plantagenet Alliance, a campaigning organisation representing a group of collateral descendants of Richard III were given the go ahead to seek judicial review of the decision taken by the respondents – the Secretary of State, Leicester Council and Leicester University, regarding his re-interment at Leicester Cathedral without consulting them. More specifically, the claimant’s main case was that there was an obligation, principally on the part of the Ministry of Justice, to revisit or reconsider the licence once the remains had been conclusively identified as those of Richard III.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd May 2014

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Chagossians update – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The appeal is against the decision of the Divisional Court in Bancoult v. FCO (read judgment and see my post here). Mr Bancoult had said that the decision to create the MPA was flawed by having an improper purpose (to stymie the Chagossians’ claims for resettlement), by inadequate consultation, and being a breach of an EU obligation to promote the economic and social development of the islands. The Court ruled against all these claims.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th April 2014

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The Chagossian Wikileaks cable judgment, fishing rights and a dose of EU law – UK Human Rights Blog

“The Divisional Court has now dismissed the claim by Mr Bancoult on behalf of the Chagossian islanders. He had challenged the designation of the waters around the islands as a ‘no take’ Marine Protected Area, i.e. one which could not be fished.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 11th June 2013

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Chagos marine park is lawful, High Court rules – BBC News

“A UK government decision to create a controversial marine park in the Indian Ocean has been upheld by the High Court.”

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BBC News, 11th June 2013

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Chagossians: Wikileaks cables not admissible in court – UK Human Rights Blog

“Bancoult v. Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Divisional Court, Richards LJ and Mitting J, 16-24 April 2013, judgment awaited. A quick update at the end of the recent judicial review on 24 April by Mr Bancoult on behalf of the Chagossian islanders, but before judgment. The challenge was to the designation of the waters around their islands as a ‘no take’ Marine Protected Area, i.e. one which could not be fished.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 28th April 2013

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Chagos Islanders forced into exile left ‘dumbstruck’ by court ruling – The Guardian

Posted December 21st, 2012 in Chagos Islands, human rights, news, refugees by tracey

“Exiled Chagos Islanders living in Britain and Mauritius have said they are ‘dumbstruck’ by a European court ruling that it has no jurisdiction to examine their forced expulsion by the British government in the 1960s”

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The Guardian, 20th December 2012

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Chagos Refugees Group in the First-Tier Tribunal: some key points – Panopticon

Posted September 25th, 2012 in Chagos Islands, disclosure, human rights, news, refugees, tribunals by sally

“The Chagos Archipelago forms part of the British Indian Ocean Territory (‘BIOT’). In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands were required to leave those islands. At or around that time, a US military base was established on Diego Garcia, the largest of the Chagos Islands. The removal of the ‘Chagossians’ has been a matter of considerable political and media debate, as well as complex legal proceedings. Two legal challenges are ongoing: Chagos Islanders v UK before the European Court of Human Rights, and Bancoult (No 3) before the domestic courts.”

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Panopticon, 24th September 2012

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R (Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No 2) – WLR Daily

Posted October 24th, 2008 in Chagos Islands, law reports, prerogative powers by sally

R (Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No 2) [2008] UKHL 61; [2008] WLR (D) 322

“Prerogative orders in council which prevented the unrestricted return of Chagos Islanders to their homeland were not unlawful.”

WLR Daily, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina (Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No 2) – Times Law Reports

Posted October 23rd, 2008 in Chagos Islands, law reports, prerogative powers by sally

Regina (Bancoult) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (No 2)

House of Lords

“Prerogative orders made by the Queen in Council which prevented the unrestricted return of Chagos Islanders to their homeland were not unlawful.”

The Times, 23rd October 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.