Chagos (British Indian Ocean Territory) APPG

First Registered: 28/09/2017 • Last updated on: 27/01/2021

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To help bring about a resolution of the issues concerning the future of the Chagos Islands (British Indian Ocean Territory) and the Chagossians.

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Recent Documents related to Chagos (British Indian Ocean Territory)

1. FOI release: Resettlement of Chagos archipelago
07/09/2018 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: POLICY REVIEW OF RESETTLEMENT OF THE BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY (BIOT) OFFICIAL_SENSITIVE x

2. UK Chagos Support Association - written evidence
06/11/2018 - Inquiry: The future of the UK Overseas Territories - Foreign Affairs Committee
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Found: so that anyone of Chagossian descent can access British citizenship  Our reason for submitting evidence: 2

3. Trade and investment factsheets (partner names beginning with A or B)
12/02/2021 - Department for International Trade
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Found: British Indian Ocean Territory This factsheet provides the latest statistics on trade and investment

4. FOI release: Resettlement of Chagos archipelago
07/09/2018 - Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
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Found: Commonwealth Office (FCO), (2) the British Indian Ocean Territory Administration (BIOTA), and the

5. CHAGOS ISLANDS AND THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
26/02/2019 - Early Day Motions

Found: end its control of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean as rapidly as possible; further notes that the

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Chagos (British Indian Ocean Territory)

1. Chagos Islands: UN General Assembly Resolution
03/07/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: General Assembly resolution on the future of the Chagos Islands.It is a pleasure to serve under - Speech Link
2: (Catherine West), about the dignity of the people of the Chagos islands. I am sure that my hon. Friend will come - Speech Link
3: this—to“withdraw its colonial administration from the Chagos Archipelago unconditionally within a period of - Speech Link
4: Gentleman is making an excellent case. The issue of the Chagos islands is not unique. Many other self-determination - Speech Link
5: simply double down. They say that Chagos has been under continuous British sovereignty since 1814 and has - Speech Link

2. British Indian Ocean Territory (Citizenship)
16/01/2018 - Commons Chamber

1: individuals born in the British Indian Ocean Territory to register as British overseas territories citizens; - Speech Link

3. Chagos Islands
17/11/2016 - Commons Chamber

1: islands of the Chagos archipelago have been British territory since 1814, when they were ceded to Britain - Speech Link
2: resettlement? Does he not realise that they are British subjects who are entitled to the same rights, freedoms - Speech Link

4. British Indian Ocean Territory and the Chagos Islands
25/10/2016 - Westminster Hall

1: considered Government policy on the British Indian Ocean Territory and Chagos Islands.It is a pleasure - Speech Link
2: absolutely to the point. As a former Minister for the British overseas territories, my hon. Friend knows only - Speech Link
3: Majesty’s Government argue that the people of the British overseas territories of Gibraltar or the Falkland - Speech Link

5. Chagos Islands
17/11/2016 - Lords Chamber

1: in another place on the Chagos Islands and the British Indian Ocean Territory. The Answer was as follows:“The - Speech Link
2: denial of the human rights of the people of the Chagos Islands. Their hopes were raised with the publication - Speech Link

6. Chagos Archipelago
26/02/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: carefully. The defence facilities in the British Indian Ocean Territory help to protect people in Britain and - Speech Link
2: the Chagossians were removed from the British Indian Ocean Territory in the late 1960s and early 1970s. - Speech Link
3: there are other considerations. The British Indian Ocean Territory is still needed for defence and security - Speech Link
4: That has enabled visits by Chagossians to the ocean territory. One is going on at the moment. These visits - Speech Link
5: escaped other Members in this Chamber. The ocean territory occupies a strategic position of significance - Speech Link

7. Chagos Islands
10/11/2015 - Lords Chamber

1: about a potential resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory concluded on 27 October. We are now - Speech Link
2: States base in Diego Garcia, on British territory and in the Indian Ocean, which then led to the decision - Speech Link
3: the Chagossians were removed from the British Indian Ocean Territory in the late 1960s and early 1970s. - Speech Link
4: settlements should not fall exclusively on the British taxpayer and that, apart from the European Union - Speech Link
5: for consultation with the All-Party Group on the Chagos Islands? Will they also give both Houses an opportunity - Speech Link
6: and support the remarkable new ocean reserve which is around the Chagos Islands? This is a proud part - Speech Link
7: Lords, as a member of the All-Party Group on the Chagos Islands, I ask the Minister to be more precise - Speech Link

8. FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
04/04/2019 - Westminster Hall

1: Chinese Government’s approach to Hong Kong. The Sino-British joint declaration on Hong Kong is a legally binding - Speech Link
2: issues very well. How concerned is he that the British Government are a bit mealy mouthed sometimes when - Speech Link
3: commitment, lodged with the United Nations in the Sino-British treaty, that we are obliged to maintain.Furthermore - Speech Link
4: Government decide to uphold the UN ruling on the Chagos islands, in respecting the international rules-based - Speech Link
5: with the British Government’s position towards the Chagos islands and the British Indian ocean territory - Speech Link
6: look at the British Council, which does a phenomenal amount of work in this area. The British Council’s - Speech Link
7: been covered, particularly those relating to the British Council. My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham - Speech Link
8: There is a great risk that if the injustice to the Chagos people continues for any great length of time, - Speech Link

9. International Solar Alliance: Framework Agreement
24/10/2018 - Grand Committee

1: particularly in small island nations such as the British Overseas Territories. They are why we are involved - Speech Link
2: challenges ahead that we do, is a manager of a British government fund, possibly through the Foreign Office - Speech Link
3: understand whether the communities that represent Chagos have been specifically consulted on this agreement - Speech Link
4: commitment to the ISA when the UK Prime Minister met the Indian Prime Minister in April 2018 at the Commonwealth - Speech Link
5: asked specifically about the British Indian Ocean Territory and the Chagos Islands. We have regular dialogues - Speech Link
6: Investments is the organisation in question. The British Government, along with Lightsource Renewable Energy - Speech Link

10. Oral Answers to Questions
05/11/2019 - Commons Chamber

1: Save the Children has identified around 60 British children who are stranded in north-east Syria. - Speech Link
2: investing in our soft power assets, including the British Council, the BBC World Service and Chevening scholarships - Speech Link
3: embassies, trade envoys and cultural attachés and our British Council work. All that is absolutely excellent - Speech Link
4: in your role? Last night, the director of the British Museum, Hartwig Fischer, came to dinner at the - Speech Link
5: wonderful question. I am delighted to include the British Museum’s work as another area of soft power for - Speech Link
6: are the Government doing to make it clear to the Indian Government that we have extremely serious concerns - Speech Link
7: answer. The Foreign Secretary has spoken to the Indian Foreign Secretary about the matter, raising our - Speech Link
8: civil society and others promoting respect for British values and democracy. The rule of law and human - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Chagos (British Indian Ocean Territory)
1. British Nationality: British Indian Ocean Territory
asked by: Jim Shannon
23/02/2018
... if she will meet with the Chagos Islands (British Indian Ocean Territory) All-Party Parliamentary Group to discuss citizenship rights for people descended from the British Indian Ocean Territory.

2. British Indian Ocean Territory: Visits Abroad
asked by: Alan Brown
19/03/2019
... what plans the (a) British Indian Ocean Territory Commissioner and (b) his staff have to visit the Chagos Archipelago in 2019.

3. British Indian Ocean Territory: Defence
asked by: Andrew Rosindell
01/04/2019
... what assessment he has made of the contribution to regional and global security of the Outer Islands of the Chagos Archipelago.

4. British Indian Ocean Territory: Visits Abroad
asked by: Alan Brown
28/03/2019
... whether the Commissioner for the British Indian Ocean Territory plans to be accompanied by Mauritian Government officials on future visits to the Chagos Archipelago.

5. British Indian Ocean Territory: Navy
asked by: Lisa Nandy
23/02/2021
... whether the answer from the Ministry of Defence represents his Department's policy on the future sovereignty of the Chagos Archipelago.

Latest Questions
9 Current APPG Officers
Jeremy Corbyn Portrait
Jeremy Corbyn
President
Independent - Islington North
Joined: 28th September 2017
1 APPG Membership
West Papua
Baroness Whitaker Portrait
Baroness Whitaker
Vice Chair
Labour - Life peer
Joined: 28th September 2017
Patrick Grady Portrait
Patrick Grady
Vice Chair
Scottish National Party - Glasgow North
Joined: 28th September 2017
Lord Ramsbotham Portrait
Lord Ramsbotham
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 28th September 2017
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Andrew Rosindell MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 020 7219 8475.

Email: andrew.rosindell.mp@parliament.uk

No benefits in kind are on record for the Chagos (British Indian Ocean Territory) APPG

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Chagos (British Indian Ocean Territory) APPG

Former APPG Officers
Lord Steel of Aikwood Portrait
Lord Steel of Aikwood
Vice Chair
Non-affiliated - Retired on 27 March 2020
Joined: 28th September 2017
Departed: 5th November 2019
No other APPG Memberships