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Expulsion from Chagos

5 December 2007

Former British High Commissioner to Mauritius, David Snoxell (BA 1966), returned to the University to give a lecture on the history of the Chagos Archipelago.

Former British High Commissioner to Mauritius, David Snoxell (BA 1966), returned to the University in November to give a lecture on the history of the Chagos Archipelago.

In the lecture ‘Expulsion from Chagos: Regaining Paradise’, David explained how the islands were excised from Mauritius in 1965 in order to create a US base on Diego Garcia. The 1,500 Chagossians were deported between 1967 and 1973 and dumped in Mauritius and Seychelles.

David described this as was one of the worst violations of fundamental human rights perpetrated by the UK in the 20th century. He provided an expose of what happened and the subsequent legal process which has led the Courts to restore the right of the Chagossians to return their homeland.