the Disillusioned kid: Courting Chagos
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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Courting Chagos

I haven't written much about the Chagossians for a while, mainly because there hasn't been much to write about. Things seem to have gone quiet in the run up to the judicial review into the Orders in Council. These you may recall were passed using the Royal Prerogative without even the pretense of democratic oversight in order to prevent anybody from stepping foot on the island. Their ostensible universality aside, it is clear that the Orders were intended to prevent the return of the Chagossians to their island home. The UK Chagos Support Association have learnt that the review will take place at the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand (London WC2) from 10.30 on December 6. A number of Chagossians including community leader Olivier Bancoult will be travelling to the UK to attend the hearing and the UKCSA encourage people to turn up and show their support. Given that I've now (whisper it quietly) got a job(!) the chances of me getting along are slim, but I'll be there in spirit. As I hope will you.

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