African Union urges Britain to cede Chagos Islands, finish ‘colonial’ rule

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PORT LOUIS (Information) – The African Union on Friday referred to as on Britain to withdraw from the Chagos Islands and finish its “continued colonial administration” there after a U.N. deadline for it to take action expired.

FILE PHOTO: Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations Basic Meeting at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 28, 2018. Information/Eduardo Munoz/

The Chagos Islands belong to the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius, in line with an advisory opinion from the highest United Nations courtroom issued in February. The U.N. Basic Meeting voted in Might in favor of Britain returning the islands to Mauritius and set a deadline for Nov. 22.

The African Union urged Britain to adjust to the U.N. decision and reiterated the AU’s help “for a whole decolonisation” of the Chagos Islands.

Britain doesn’t acknowledge Mauritius’ sovereignty declare.

“The UK has little doubt as to our sovereignty over the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), which has been beneath steady British sovereignty since 1814,” Britain’s International Workplace mentioned in an announcement on Nov. 5.

Round 200 protesters gathered outdoors the British Excessive Fee in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, on Friday. They demanded Britain cede the Chagos Islands to Mauritius and mentioned they wished to return to the archipelago the place they had been born.

A gaggle supporting the rights of individuals indigenous to the Chagos Islands mentioned they had been contemplating choices for submitting a case in opposition to Britain on the Worldwide Legal Courtroom.

“We’ve to have a look at totally different avenues provided that the UK isn’t complying with the choice of the United Nations,” Olivier Bancoult, who was born on one of many islands of the archipelago and is chief of the Chagossian Refugee Group, advised Information.

Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth mentioned that Britain’s refusal to surrender management of the islands was a violation of worldwide regulation.

“The UK can not profess to be a champion of the rule of regulation and human rights while sustaining an unlawful colonial administration,” he advised parliament on Thursday.

The one inhabited island of the Indian Ocean archipelago is residence to the Diego Garcia U.S. navy base, rented out by Britain, and a bomber base for the Air Pressure.

Mauritius will proceed to permit the US to function the bottom even when it resumed management over the islands, Jugnauth mentioned in parliament on Thursday.

“Mauritius has said on numerous events that it totally acknowledges the significance of the navy base in Diego Garcia and can take no motion that can impede its continued operation,” he mentioned.

Reporting by Jean Paul Arouff; Writing by Maggie Fick; Modifying by Mark Heinrich