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UN VOTE ON CHAGOS ISLANDS

That this House welcomes the adoption by the UN General Assembly of Resolution 71/292 which requests an advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the consequences of the separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965 including the consequences in international law for the resettlement of the Chagos Islanders; notes that the Chagos Archipelago was excised from Mauritius in 1965 prior to independence in 1968, notwithstanding UN Resolution 1514 of 1960 concerning the violation of territorial integrity of colonial countries prior to the independence, and Resolution 2066 of 1965 demanding the UK take no action which would dismember the territory of Mauritius and violate its territorial integrity; further notes that 94 UN member states supported Resolution 71/292 with 15 against, and 65 abstentions, including Canada and Switzerland, as well as 22 EU member states including France, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, Latvia, Greece and Finland; believes that this vote signifies a diplomatic failure for the Government, which finds itself increasingly isolated and with diminishing influence on the world stage; encourages the Government to resume bilateral discussions with Mauritius with a view to resolving the issues and also to respect any advisory opinion given by the ICJ; draws attention to the 1,500 Chagos Islanders, and their descendants, who were deported from the islands by the UK between 1968 and 1973 so that Diego Garcia could be used as a military base by the US; is appalled that after nearly 50 years this situation remains unresolved; and demands that the Government fulfil its humanitarian and human rights obligations and allow the Chagossians to return home.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Brake, Tom Liberal Democrats Carshalton and Wallington 05.09.2017
Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 04.07.2017
Cowan, Ronnie Scottish National Party Inverclyde 28.06.2017
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 27.06.2017
Doughty, Stephen Labour Party Cardiff South and Penarth 29.06.2017
Drew, David Labour Party Stroud 29.06.2017
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 27.06.2017
Gethins, Stephen Scottish National Party North East Fife 06.07.2017
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 11.07.2017
Grady, Patrick Scottish National Party Glasgow North 26.06.2017
Grant, Peter Scottish National Party Glenrothes 04.07.2017
Gray, Neil Scottish National Party Airdrie and Shotts 04.07.2017
Hendry, Drew Scottish National Party Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 04.07.2017
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 27.06.2017
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 27.06.2017
Linden, David Scottish National Party Glasgow East 27.06.2017
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 29.06.2017
MacNeil, Angus Scottish National Party Na h-Eileanan an Iar 03.07.2017
McDonald, Stuart Scottish National Party Cumbernauld Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East 27.06.2017
Monaghan, Carol Scottish National Party Glasgow North West 27.06.2017
O'Hara, Brendan Scottish National Party Argyll and Bute 29.06.2017
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 27.06.2017
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 27.06.2017
Sheppard, Tommy Scottish National Party Edinburgh East 05.07.2017
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 27.06.2017
Thewliss, Alison Scottish National Party Glasgow Central 27.06.2017