UN court rejects UK’s claim of sovereignty over Chagos Islands

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Judges advise Britain that separating archipelago from Mauritius in 1960s was wrong

  • Owen Bowcott
  • The Guardian

The UK has been ordered to hand back the Chagos Islands to Mauritius “as rapidly as possible” after the United Nations’ highest court ruled that continued British occupation of the remote Indian Ocean archipelago is illegal.

Although the majority decision by the international court of justice in The Hague is only advisory, the unambiguous clarity of the judges’ pronouncement is a humiliating blow to Britain’s prestige on the world stage.

The case was referred to the…

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