The General Assembly of the United Nations has approved a Resolution demanding that the United Kingdom complete the colonial administration of the Chagos Archipelago.
This film by John Pilger is a timely reminder of what took place.
Prior to its independence, the Chagos Archipelago was separated from the territory of the Mauritius Islands, with its main island, Diego García, being leased to the United States for the installation of a military base.
Since its independence in 1968, the Republic of Mauritius has been demanding the recovery of that territory.
In February 2019, the International Court of Justice concluded that the decolonization of Mauritius was not legally completed since the will of the people of Mauritius was not respected when the territorial integrity was fragmented.
The General Assembly has now voted by a large majority in favor of this opinion.
This decision is a victory for Mauricio and although the case of the Chagos Archipelago can not be equated with the Malvinas Question, in both cases guiding principles of decolonization are involved.
By John Pilger, 2004