Part of the British Indian Ocean Territory, the Chagos Islands
have courted controversy since 1970 when t British government expelled 2,000 Chagossians to make room for a Cold W US military base on the archipelago's biggest island, Diego Garcia.
There are a lot of Chagossian people in front of the court today and we are very sad about this decision," Hengride Permel, from the Chagos Islands
community association, told Al Jazeera.
Suddenly the Chagos Islands
look cheap at half the price.
The CEN is a group of leading conservation and scientific organizations seeking to protect the biodiversity of the Chagos Islands
and their surrounding waters.
There is, of course, the exception of the native populations of Australia, New Zealand and the people of the Chagos Islands
in the Indian Ocean, who were forcibly deported by Britain to make way for a military base for America.
The dreams of a displaced nation, no matter how small, are dimmed neither by time nor implausibility and, to their eternal credit, the leaders of the Chagos Islands
kept nagging away at the law which had been not so much flouted as blasted.
FOR more than 40 years, the people of the Chagos Islands
have been forcibly prevented from living in their Indian Ocean paradise.
The Chagos Islands
- they were evacuated 40 years ago to make way for the Diego Garcia US military base.
It's the story of the plight of people of the Chagos Islands
in the Indian Ocean - secretly and brutally expelled from their homeland by British governments in the late Sixties and early Seventies to make way for an American military base.
Thirty years ago, the islanders were forced to leave the Chagos Islands
by the British government.
The Chagos Islands
were leased to the US for 50 years by the Harold Wilson government as part of a squalid deal on nuclear weapons.
THE world's largest marine reserve is to be created around the British-owned Chagos Islands
, the Government announced yesterday.