UN tribunal rules that Britain acted illegally in the way it exercised control over the Chagos Islands ~ Matrix Chambers, 19 March, 2015.
A UN tribunal has ruled that Britain acted illegally in the way that it has exercised territorial control over the Chagos Islands. The ruling has raised questions over the UK’s claim to sovereignty and has offered hope of return to hundreds of evicted islanders.
The ruling throws into doubt the UK assertion of absolute ownership, restricts the Americans’ ability to expand their military facility without Mauritian compliance and increases the chances of the evicted Chasossians being able to return to their home. This is a resounding victory for Mauritius, a vindication of its right to sovereignty over the archipelago and confirmation that it must be consulted about future developments on the islands.
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