Britain’s Other Islanders


Inhabitants of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean were evicted for a military base, and got no adequate compensation.

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Producer: Granada World in Action programme
Year Produced: 1982
Running time: 28 minutes
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The Island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean belongs to Britain, and when the British Government decided to lease it to the United States as a military base in 1971, the islanders were evicted with very little notice and taken to Mauritius, where they existed in the slums, trying claim compensation. After years of struggle, this compensation was finally given, in 1982, but now the Mauritian government and the islanders themselves say this is no adequate compensation for the loss of their homes and livelihood, and are demanding that the US and Britain should give up the island, and they intend to take the matter to the International Court of Justice.
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