The newly created US Space Force has also been added to the claim after it announced plans to operate the Electro-Optical Deep Space Surveillance site on Diego Garcia as part of a $57 million contract with UK defense contractor Serco Group plc.

The Chagos Archipelago is best known for the secretive US/UK joint base on Diego Garcia Atoll but according to the UN and its International Court of Justice, the forced deportation of its residents 50 years ago by the British government to make way for a US naval base was a serious crime as is the continuing occupation. Despite a UN General Assembly ultimatum to vacate the Chagos Archipelago including Diego Garcia by November 22, 2019, the island remains under military control.

The Chagos islanders are now seeking damages of up to $100,000 each under the US Foreign Claims Act and an additional £75,000 each from the UK Ministry of Defense.


Last modified: November 2, 2020

Comments are closed.