Some of the families exiled from the Chagos Islands
by the British so the Americans could build a major airbase on Diego Garcia - the islanders have now won the right to return to their Indian Ocean home
He argued that while the Queen had a general power to legislate for the British Indian Ocean Territory - the colony comprised of the Chagos Islands
- she could not use the royal prerogative 'to remove or exclude British citizens from the territory to which they belong'.
The Chagos Islands
sound like one of those places you only ever heard about on Sunday lunchtime's Family Favourites.
From the mid-1960s to 1974, three prime ministers and 13 cabinet ministers had personal knowledge of the expulsion of the population of the Chagos Islands
Like all the Chagossian women I met in exile in Mauritius, Charlesia Alexis and Rita Bancoult are remarkable simply for having endured; for what happened in the Chagos Islands
was so searing, it may seem barely credible.
The joy of Olivier Bancoult and his fellow Chagossians, after their historic victory in the British high court on 11 May allowing them the right of return to the Chagos islands
, was tempered somewhat when they learned on 30 June of the British government's decision to lodge an appeal against the judgment issued by Justice Cresswell and Lord Justice Hooper, who memorably described the forced exile in Mauritius and the Seychelles of around 2,000 Chagossians between 1965 and 1973 as "irrational" and "repugnant".
The Americans have a special interest in the Chagos Islands
because of their strategic position in the Indian Ocean.
It took four days to travel to the Chagos Islands
, with a one-day visit to each of the main islands of Diego Garcia, Peros Banhos and Salomon where the vast majority of the Chagossians used to reside.
Dulloo: Well, a just and satisfactory solution would involve the recognition by all parties that the Chagos Islands
form part of the territory of the Republic of Mauritius.
The plight of the Ilois people (also known as Chagossians), some of whom have now come to live in Britain (30 years after their forceful removal from their homes by the British government to make way for an American military base on the largest of the Chagos islands
, Diego Garcia), is a serious test case for the nascent African Union.
On 12 March 1968, Britain finally granted independence to Mauritius without the Chagos Islands
After a visit to the Mauritian capital, Port Louis, and after hours of interviews with the Ilois people now living in abject poverty and despair in the capital, the churches published a report, written by Shirley DeWolf, titled People of the Chagos Islands
Claim their Right to Go Home.