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The Chagos Islanders And International Law

Author: Stephen Allen
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1782254757
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In 1965, the UK excised the Chagos Islands from the colony of Mauritius to create the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) in connection with the founding of a US military facility on the island of Diego Garcia. Consequently, the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands were secretly exiled to Mauritius, where they became chronically impoverished. This book considers the resonance of international law for the Chagos Islanders. It advances the argument that BIOT constitutes a 'Non-Self-Governing Territory' pursuant to the provisions of Chapter XI of the UN Charter and for the wider purposes of international law. In addition, the book explores the extent to which the right of self-determination, indigenous land rights and a range of obligations contained in applicable human rights treaties could support the Chagossian right to return to BIOT. However, the rights of the Chagos Islanders are premised on the assumption that the UK possesses a valid sovereignty claim over BIOT. The evidence suggests that this claim is questionable and it is disputed by Mauritius. Consequently, the Mauritian claim threatens to compromise the entitlements of the Chagos Islanders in respect of BIOT as a matter of international law. This book illustrates the ongoing problems arising from international law's endorsement of the territorial integrity of colonial units for the purpose of decolonisation at the expense of the countervailing claims of colonial self-determination by non-European peoples that inhabited the same colonial unit. The book uses the competing claims to the Chagos Islands to demonstrate the need for a more nuanced approach to the resolution of sovereignty disputes resulting from the legacy of European colonialism.

Fifty Years Of The British Indian Ocean Territory

Author: Stephen Allen
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319785419
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This book offers a detailed account of the legal issues concerning the British Indian Ocean Territory (Chagos Islands) by leading experts in the field. It examines the broader significance of the ongoing Bancoult litigation in the UK Courts, the Chagos Islanders' petition to the European Court of Human Rights and Mauritius' successful challenge, under the UN Convention of the Law of the Sea, to the UK government's creation of a Marine Protected Area around the Chagos Archipelago. This book, produced in response to the 50th anniversary of the BIOT's founding, also assesses the impact of the decisions taken in respect of the Territory against a wider background of decolonization while addressing important questions about the lawfulness of maintaining Overseas Territories in the post-colonial era.The chapter ‘Anachronistic As Colonial Remnants May Be...’ - Locating the Rights of the Chagos Islanders As A Case Study of the Operation of Human Rights Law in Colonial Territories is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license via

The Changing Practices Of International Law

Author: Tanja Aalberts
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1108651194
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With more than 158,000 treaties and some 125 judicial organisations, international law has become an inescapable factor in world politics since the Second World War. In recent years, however, international law has also been increasingly challenged as states are voicing concerns that it is producing unintended effects and accuse international courts of judicial activism. This book provides an important corrective to existing theories of international law by focusing on how states respond to increased legalisation and rely on legal expertise to manoeuvre within and against international law. Through a number of case studies, covering a wide range of topical issues such as surveillance, environmental regulation, migration and foreign investments, the book argues that the expansion and increased institutionalisation of international law itself have created the structural premise for this type of politics of international law. More international law paradoxically increases states' political room of manoeuvre in world society.

Die Stille Von Chagos

Author: Shenaz Patel
ISBN: 9783938803868
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While Charlesia longs for her homeland of Diego Garcia, Désiré, the young man who might be her son, begins to uncover the secrets of his parents and their past. This novel tells the story of the Chagossians, their deportation, and their uprooted lives in Mauritius since Diego Garcia became an American military base.

Eviction From The Chagos Islands

Author: Sandra Evers
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004202609
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This book represents the first joint effort to document the historical background of the eviction (late 1960s, early 1970s) of the Chagosssians from the Chagos archipelago when the main island became an US-military base. It documents their eviction, resettlement, livelihoods, legal struggles and future aspirations.

International Law And The Israeli Palestinian Conflict

Author: Susan M. Akram
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113685097X
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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has long been intertwined with, and has had a profound influence on, the principles of modern international law. Placing a rights-based approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the centre of discussions over its peaceful resolution, this book provides detailed consideration of international law and its application to political issues. Through the lens of international law and justice, the book debunks the myth that law is not useful to its resolution, illustrating through both theory and practice how international law points the way to a just and durable solution to the conflict in the Middle East. Contributions from leading scholars in their respective fields give an in-depth analysis of key issues that have been marginalized in most mainstream discussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Palestinian refugees Jerusalem security legal and political frameworks the future of Palestine. Written in a style highly accessible to the non-specialist, this book is an important addition to the existing literature on the subject. The findings of this book will not only be of interest to students and scholars of Middle Eastern politics, International Law, International Relations and conflict resolution, but will be an invaluable resource for human rights researchers, NGO employees, and embassy personnel, policy staffers and negotiators.

British Overseas Territories Law

Author: Ian Hendry
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1509918728
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This is a manual of law and practice relating to the 14 remaining British overseas territories: Anguilla; Bermuda; British Antarctic Territory; British Indian Ocean Territory; Cayman Islands; Falkland Islands; Gibraltar; Montserrat; Pitcairn Islands; St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha; South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands; Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in Cyprus; Turks and Caicos Islands; and Virgin Islands. Most, if not all, of these territories are likely to remain British for the foreseeable future, and many have agreed modern constitutional arrangements with the British Government. This book provides a comprehensive description of the main elements of their governance in law and practice, and of the constitutional and international status of the territories. This long-awaited second edition provides a comprehensive update on the law governing overseas territories. It reflects the post-Brexit landscape, and covers the Extradition Act 2003 (Overseas Territories) Order 2016 and the Emergency Powers (Overseas Territories) Order 2017. In addition, it explores case law developments from Chagos Islanders v The United Kingdom to the Mauritius case concerning British Overseas Territory waters.

Die Stille Von Chagos Roman

Author: Shenaz Patel
Publisher: CulturBooks
ISBN: 3959880979
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Shenaz Patels Roman zeichnet das Schicksal der Chagossianer nach, einer Volksgruppe, die auf den Inseln des Chagos-Archipels im Indischen Ozean lebte, bis sie ab Mitte der 1960er Jahre von dort vertrieben wurde. Die Chagos-Inseln gehören noch zum britischen Territorium und wurden für 50 Jahre an die USA verpachtet, die dort eine Militärbasis errichtet haben. Von hier wurden und werden Luftangriffe auf den Irak und Afghanistan geflogen. Die Inselbewohner hat man zwangsumgesiedelt – die meisten landeten in Slums in der mauritischen Hauptstadt Port Louis. Die Vertriebenen kämpfen bis heute vor Gericht vergeblich um ihre Rückkehr. Der Roman zeigt aus verschiedenen Perspektiven die Schicksale mehrerer Chagossianer. Da ist Charlesia, die mit ihrer Familie nach Mauritius fährt, da ihr Mann im Krankenhaus behandelt werden muß, und plötzlich und ohne jede Information nicht mehr auf ihre geliebte Insel Diego Garcia zurückkehren kann. Da ist Tony, ein Hafenarbeiter auf Mauritius, der Charlesia immer wieder am Kai stehen sieht, sehnsüchtig aufs Meer starrend. Da ist Désiré, der nach der Verschleppung seiner Mutter auf der Schiffsreise nach Mauritius geboren wird und sich zwischen den Welten fühlt. Und da ist der Schiffskapitän, der Gewissensbisse hat, weil er die Inselbewohner gegen deren Willen wegbrachte, nachdem er jahrelang mit Lebensmittellieferungen zu der isolierten und weitgehend unberührten Insel gekommen war. Die Frage, was es bedeutet, heimatlos und entwurzelt zu sein, ist heute aktueller denn je. Der Roman spürt sensibel den verschiedenen Varianten des Unrechts nach, das den Chagossianern vor rund 50 Jahren widerfahren ist. Frankreich war der Ehrengast der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2017