Mauritius Prime Minister calls US & UK ‘hypocrites’
Published19 October 2020
Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has labelled the British and Americans “hypocrites” and “champions of double talk” for the way they have behaved over the Chagos Islands.
Last year, a United Nations court ruled that the UK should end its control of the Indian Ocean archipelago, which includes a US military base.
Between 1968 and 1974, the UK forcibly removed thousands of Chagossians from their homelands, at the request of the United States, and sent them more than 1,600km (1,000 miles) away to Mauritius and the Seychelles, where they faced extreme poverty and discrimination.
(Note: this ethnic cleansing was initiated by the Labour government of UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson, a supposedly left wing liberal and a progressive politician. It just shows that when the USA tells you to do something, it is done. Thank goodness that attitude is slowly changing.)
The United States “requested” that Britain forcibly remove the local population as it, the USA, wanted to build a large military hub on the biggest island Diego Garcia. The highly strategic location would enable the American military to attack targets in both the Middle East and the Pacific … which it later did, launching many waves of their bombing attacks on both Iraq and Afghanistan from its Chagos Islands military hub.
Legal action against the ethnic cleansing began almost immediately and proceeded very slowly.
But in 2019, the UN based International Court of Justice issued an advisory opinion stating that the United Kingdom did not have sovereignty over the Chagos Islands and that the administration of the archipelago should be handed over “as rapidly as possible” to Mauritius. The United Nations General Assembly then voted 116 – 6 to give Britain a six-month deadline to begin the process of handing-over the islands. In 2021, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) added its own confirmation of Mauritius’ sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago, and criticised the UK’s failure to comply with the 2019 UN resolution.
The British government has promised to allow the return of the Chagossians and hand the islands back to Mauritius when they are no longer needed for security purposes.
One wonders when that day will come. When America’s global military dominance will be no longer necessary.
It is simply beyond belief that the USA and UK can display such hypocritical behaviour. Even if we employ the old, and always invalid argument that, “well, that is just how they thought back then…black people were dispensible” that is NOT how “we” think today right?
But no, America and Britain criticise other nations for human rights infringements of all kinds, often completely untrue, but carry on themselves in this criminal and morally indefensible way.
I mean, how stupid do they know most people are?
And like so many issues today and in history, the western elites can rely on their mainstream media to give this issue the merest coverage. Written to gloss over and detract from core moral failures and their hypocrisy.
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