Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean

Posted on: 28th February 2019

The International Court of Justice has ruled that the UK must hand back the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean. I’ve campaigned for this for decades, being an officer of a Parliamentary group which fought for justice.

All inhabitants of the main island – Diego Garcia – where expelled by the British in the 1960s & 70s to make way for a US military base. Inhabitants of all other islands were removed too. This is a stain on the UK’s reputation. Chagossians have justifiably fought this injustice ever since.

A fellow officer of the Parliamentary campaign group was a Labour MP called Jeremy Corbyn. Indeed, we worked together on many other shared campaigns. I often wonder what happened to him after I left the Commons…?