A grainy photo of Scottish, Breton and Manx delegates (including myself and Mark Kermode) at the 2000 AGM of the Celtic League held in Ramsey.
We adopted that year a resolution condemning the forced expulsion of the Chagos Islanders in 1969 and called it one of ‘the most shameful examples of colonial exploitation’ and said they should be allowed to return and receive compensation. The Celtic League have campaigned since as we did previously for the people of East Timor.
Today’s verdict of the United Nations International Court of Justice is a further step along the road to that goal and it is also a vindication of the stance taken by the Celtic League, other NGOs, prominent journalists and National Governments.
The fight goes on and will only be concluded when this gentle people so brutally evicted are allowed back to their homes.
Link: ICJ judgement report;
Assistant General Secretary