St Helena Online

St Helena Online

The St Helena report and the gap in media

Jubilee brings new turn in overseas territory scandal

Sharing is caring!

One of the lingering scandals of Britain’s treatment of its overseas territories has taken a new twist. More than 40 years after the people of the Chagos Islands were forcibly removed to make way for an Ascension-style US air base, Britain is being asked to hand the Indian Ocean territory to Mauritius.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Navin Ramgoolam of Mauritius will use the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations as a chance to discuss the claim face-to-face with David Cameron. Mauritius would allow the Chagossians to return home.

The newspaper quotes former British high commissioner David Snoxell asking: “What better way to mark the Queen’s long reign, which has seen the transition of Empire to Commonwealth, than by bringing an end to this tragedy and relic of Empire in the Indian Ocean and allowing the Queen’s subjects to return to their beloved islands?”

The Telegraph also reports a more recent furore over the creation of a marine protection zone around the islands, similar to one established this year around South Georgia. The UK faces a legal challenge over the zone, amid allegations that it was created by the Labour government to make it impossible for the Chagossians to return home, because it would prevent them from making a living by fishing.

Read the full story here.

SEE ALSO:
South Georgia marine reserve: a land grab in the ocean?

Share your comments here

Sharing is caring!

You might also enjoy

error: This content is protected !!
Your subscription could not be saved. Please try again.
Your subscription to St Helena Online has been successful.

St Helena Online Newsletter

Subscribe to our news and stay updated.

Please like or share

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter