UK Appeal Court hearing - government must address Chagossians' situation without delay, new report

Chagos protest
Chagos islanders protest against Law Lords’ verdict in 2008, UK.

On the eve of a case in the UK's Appeal Court challenging the creation of the Chagos Marine Protected Area, MRG calls on the UK government to address the situation facing the Chagossians without delay.

In 2010 the UK government created the world's largest marine reserve around the Chagos Islands, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The Islands' original inhabitants were evicted 50 years ago to make way for a US air base on the island of Diego Garcia.

A new MRG report says that the creation of the Marine Protected Area, and the subsequent banning of commercial fishing in its waters, effectively bars Islanders from returning to their homes. Under international law, the Chagossians have a right to return to their homeland, unless such return is not feasible, in which case they should be offered appropriate compensation. Read more...

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Back to naivety. Confessions of a journalist after visiting Uganda

Paulina Pacula is journalist from Poland. She recently travelled with MRG to Uganda under the Minority Realities Programme. In this blog post, she recounts how meeting Batwa was a life changing experience which made her understand the basics of her profession again, and adopt naivety as a way of thinking. Read more...

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New MRG podcast

Our March podcast features music and interviews from a visit by MRG’s Media Officer, Emma Eastwood, to Batwa communities in south west Uganda. Batwa, who Emma describes as Africa’s untouchables, are one of the most vulnerable groups on the continent, and part of a growing number of conservation refugees, forcibly removed from their ancestral forest home to make way for a national park. Listen here...

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