Chagos in 5 Minutes

The abuse suffered by the Chagossian people has been so great  it can be overwhelming to read through it all. With that in mind, we’ve put together a 5 minute summary on the horrifying half century of human rights violations inflicted upon the Chagossian people. Also have a look at how you can support the Chagossian campaign for justice in 2015.

It started with…The Deal

The Deportation

The Broken Promises


The Legal Struggles

  • In 2000, the High Court judged the eviction of Chagossians was illegal. In 2004, the Government used Royal Prerogative to quash this decision, bypassing Parliament and the legal system. The law was enacted on election day to avoid media scrutiny.

  • Royal Prerogative was also used to approve the original deportation-meaning Chagossians’ exile was never approved by Parliament or a UK court
  • The Government has continued to spend millions fighting court cases to prevent Chagossian return.

  • New Supreme Court challenges will be brought by Chagossians and their lawyers 22nd June

The Marine Protected Area

The Hope for Return: 2015

There’s a lot more detail to dig into if your interested,. Read our full breakdown of the history of the Chagos Islands for a really in-depth account. Also follow us on Twitter, Facebook and sign up for our regular newsletters to keep up to date with the latest developments.