Mobilisation in exile

Laura Jeffery

in Chagos Islanders in Mauritius and the UK

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084300
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702451 | DOI:
Mobilisation in exile

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This chapter describes the mobilisation of Chagos islanders in Mauritius. Chagossian groups have historically been united concerning their desired ends, with a shared focus on compensation and the right to return to the Chagos Archipelago. Competing Chagossian groups have, however, disagreed on whether negotiation or litigation is the best means to achieve these aims. The chapter outlines these tensions before focusing on the ideological and pragmatic disagreements within and beyond the community concerning two key issues. The first is debates about whether Chagos should be under British or Mauritian sovereignty. The second is debates about the legitimacy or otherwise of the US military base on Diego Garcia, which is seen by some as a necessary opportunity for employment and by others as conflicting with their visions for the resettlement of Chagos.

Keywords: Chagossians; Chagos islanders; Mauritius; Chagos Archipelago; US military base; Diego Garcia; sovereignty; mobilisation; exile

Chapter.  8351 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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