September 2007 update

  • After more than twenty years of debate, the United Nations General Assembly recently adopted a declaration upholding the rights of indigenous people, including their right to restitution or compensation for land that is taken away from them.

    The UK welcomed the declaration, saying: “We recognise that indigenous peoples have suffered many historic injustices and continue to be amongst the poorest and most marginalised peoples of the world…”

    …But the statement went on to say that the UK and its territories do not have any indigenous people. Oh well. (Read the entire FCO statement here).

  • Those who signed the online petition to the Prime Minister will now have received your replies – and will probably realise it is exactly the same as the replies the FCO has been sending out for some time.

  • Hengride Permal and the Chagos Island Community Association (CICA) have a new office in Crawley town center at 10, The Boulevard, tel: 01293406859, e-mail: cica@chagos.org.uk.

  • At the beginning of the month Allen Vincatassin, who heads the Diego Garcian Society in Crawley, held ‘An Evening With Allen Vincatassin’, which went very well. Allen told the story of the removal of the people from Diego Garcia, Peros Banhos and Salomon. Find out more at allenvincatassin.com.

  • The AGM of this association will be held in London on the afternoon of Sunday October 28th and we hope to meet many of you there. If you have not already done so, please let us know as soon as possible if you are planning to attend so that a venue can be decided. Some positions on the committee will need to be filled and we would encourage you to consider taking a more active part in the struggle to achieve justice for the Chagossians.