Speaking at Quay C in the presence of Olivier Bancoult, leader of the Chagos
Refugees Group, and other dignitaries, Dr Ramgoolam accused the former British prime minister, Gordon Brown, and his foreign secretary, David Miliband, of bad faith for failing to keep their promise made at the last Commonwealth Summit in Trinidad in November 2009 to consult his government about the plan to turn the BIOT into the world's largest marine protected area (MPA).
According to The Telegraph, the US acknowledged in 2008 that the Chagos
Islands base had also been used for clandestine rendition flights of terrorist suspects.
The monarchy's involvement in crimes against humanity are downplayed in mainstream discourse but well documented, from Queen Elizabeth I's first slave ship in 1592 to the current Queen Elizabeth II's Orders-in-Council overriding the British High Court's right-of-return ruling in favour of the dispossessed Chagos
islanders in 2004.
Olivier Bancoult, the leader of the Mauritius-based Chagos
Refugees Group is cautiously upbeat.
I think most decent people in our country would acknowledge that it is more than about time that the Chagos
Islanders had their lands restored to them and that the US base, leased from the UK Government is closed.
According to the Prime Minister, the decolonisation of Africa will not be complete as long as Mauritius does not exercise its sovereignty over the Chagos
Archipelago in its integrity.
Hawaii, Easter Island, the Marquesas Islands, the Society Islands, the Seychelles, and the Chagos
I'm bobbing about in an uninhabited palmfringed atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean, in the Chagos
Archipelago, with no communications except for dodgy low-bandwidth email via our satphone and the phone itself, of course.
Comparative material: Bryaninops loki, ROM 42738, paratypes, 10 specimens, 9-19 mm SL, Chagos
Archipelago, Salomon Atoll, 21 March 1979; AMS I.
Distribution: Mauritius; Reunion; Chagos
Archipelago; China; Vietnam (Giordani Soika, 1994), Ha Noi, Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Hanoi, Bac Giang, Hoa Binh, Ha Tinh (Dang et ah, 2012); Malaysia: Malay Peninsula; Java; Taiwan; Japan: Ryukyu Islands.
Par le passe, la societe civile et scientifique s'etait mobilisee en faveur d'une meilleure protection des elephants et des rhinoceros, sauver les abeilles des pesticides toxiques et preserver des especes vulnerables en soutenant la creation d'enormes reserves marines dans l'Archipel des Chagos
ou en Australie.
And, I reminded him, the other three of the world's giant no-take marine reserves (America's Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the British Chagos
Islands and the Australian part of the Coral Sea) were all closed in a single action, not gradually.