Britain and America must get out of Chagos Islands. [Analysis]
Lessons from the Weekend
A tiny percentile of large groups might be willing to break the rule of law. Those few dozen scoundrels who behaved in an unruly fashion this weekend in Hong Kong, thus disrespecting their fellow citizens, tried to taint the good work of a million peaceful demonstrators.
Hence the unruly must be held accountable. According to the Hong Kong Police Chief, that small few of a huge demonstration will be prosecuted. It is in everyone’s interest to help the Chief with evidence where they can.
The United Nations may be powerless but the people are not as was shown over the weekend by the population of Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s united organic action was what authoritarianism begged. China backed off its extradition law and says the massively dis-likable Extradition Bill will die on the books next year in July. Kudos to China: its well-behaved people were heard. Kudos to the people of Hong Kong. Calm down. Go home. Mission accomplished. Congratulations.
But while Beijing earns some credit, London and Washington dive into the dumpster and are becoming indiscernible from the trash.
Britain and America’s despicable despotism in the Chagos Archipelago deny them credibility for a trusted role on the world stage. Both are becoming global pariahs. It has come to pass that neither America nor Britain are trusted, over China.
Global Community Sides with Chagossians
The global community feels that a huge crime against humanity must be undone. Killing or purging 1500 families from their homes in order to obtain a strategic military stronghold far from their own territories from which to fight wars or sell weapons is indeed a crime against humanity.
The United Nations various elements including the Secretary-General’s office were empowered on 22 May 2019 in a landslide vote of the UN General Assembly. That vote demanded Britain and America return ownership of the Chagos Archipelago to Mauritius and the islands’ former residents. Meanwhile Britain has been threatening Mauritius to “shut up or else”.
No investigation into international law reveals exemptions for America’s and Britain’s piracy in the Chagos Islands. In fact at every plateau of digging into the matter, another global statute has been broken in the worst possible ways.
Moreover, at this juncture, international law empowers any nation states to take whatever level of force-of-action needed to evict the transgressors.
Britain has no status, hence the world barfs at its arrogance and stupidity.
Britain’s permanent representative to the UN, Karen Pierce, has arrogantly said that America and the United Kingdom have no doubt about sovereignty over British Indian Ocean Territory in defiance to the world community of nations and the International Court of Justice.
Their cavalier attitude toward the suffering of the Chagossians is comparable to the Trump administration’s cavalier killing of separated children in Migrant Concentration Camps. That should be enough to motivate a call to action.
Worse than that, all of Africa is offended because of the nuclear stockpiling in the Chagos Islands Archipelago which flagrantly violates Africa’s 15 July 2009 Pelindaba Treaty declaring Africa as a ‘Nuclear-Free Zone‘.
Britain and America have no colour of right, in fact their conduct is not only unlawful it is outrageous and scurrilous.
Karen Pierce is an Offensive Arrogant Fool Thinking she is PM
This woman proves Britain incapable of playing an enhanced independent role in the world. Her iconic statement condemns Brexit.
The unmitigated stupidity of heartless, arrogant, selfish fools like Karen Pierce is harmful to the world but more harmful to Britain. Here is why.
Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Japan in the South China Sea would be ROYALLY SCREWED by Pierce’s logic and attitude that Britain and America can do whatever they please, anywhere, any time, regardless of the global community, irrespective of international law and no mind to common decency. That same logic is China’s precedent for “claiming a whole ocean”, citing President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.
Pierce is the kind of swollen-head arrogants who start global upheaval and major wars. Britain is not what it once was and never will be again. It needs a real leader; it needs the European Union because it no longer is an independent actor on the world stage; and maybe a figurative smack in the collective head (sanctions) from the global community. Enough is enough, Britain.
The Court Ruling
The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has today given its Advisory Opinion on the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965.
In that Opinion, the Court,
(1) unanimously, finds that it has jurisdiction to give the advisory opinion requested;
(2) by twelve votes to two, decides to comply with the request for an advisory opinion;
(3) by thirteen votes to one, is of the opinion that, having regard to international law, the process of decolonization of Mauritius was not lawfully completed when that country acceded to independence in 1968, following the separation of the Chagos Archipelago;
(4) by thirteen votes to one, is of the opinion that the United Kingdom is under an obligation to bring to an end its administration of the Chagos Archipelago as rapidly as possible;
(5) by thirteen votes to one, is of the opinion that all Member States are under an obligation to co-operate with the United Nations in order to complete the decolonization of Mauritius.
China may not claim as sovereign-to-China the South China Sea; and
Britain and America may not claim for themselves the Chagos Archipelago.
Africa, Russia and China could be asked to Create a Transition Infrastructure to Hand the Islands Back to their People
Since these countries are threatened or offended by the British and American nuclear weapons build-up (in violation of Africa’s 15 July 2009 Pelindaba Treaty declaring Africa as a ‘Nuclear-Free Zone‘) on the islands they seized; (in particular, from Diego Garcia) and since Russia and China are the only two nations that have provided humanitarian support, moral support and generous immigration assistance to the displaced peoples of the archipelago, it is befitting they be asked to do the property management the global community currently so desperately needs.
UK refusal to Reliquish Chagos Islands ~Indeed, the return of the Chagos Islands was expressly agreed in the Lancaster House agreement of September 23, 1965. Now it is a Court decision. A nation’s military and geo-strategic interests cannot, under international law, prevail over the sovereign …
BREAKING: If USA, Britain keep Diego Garcia China Gets South China Sea, Duterte gets zip. ~ The Philippines is a victimized innocent in one of Trump’s wars. But not just the delightfully innocent Filipinos, all Asians are in grave danger as war looms ominously in the heads of some hawkish old men in the White House. …
Britain, USA Stole an Island Archipelago. Pack your bags. Leave Diego Garcia before Christmas? ~ Mauritius owns the Chagos Islands and the International Court Gave Them Back to Mauritius but Theresa May and Donald Trump defied that Court order hence Mauritius brought the matter to the UN. The vote gives America and Britain the boot …